Madden NFL 20’s official release date is August 2, but with the way EA games work, you can start playing much earlier–albeit for a limited period of time, and only if you’re willing to pay for the privilege. Here’s how to jump into the game on PS4, Xbox One, or PC early. [Update: Early access has officially begun for EA/Origin Access members on all three platforms. You can now download the full game and play up to 10 hours as long as you have an active subscription.]
EA Access subscribers can start playing a trial of the game beginning on July 25. EA Access has been available on Xbox One since 2014, but the service launches on PlayStation 4 this week, so for the first time, PS4 owners can play the latest Madden ahead of release thanks to EA Access.
Madden NFL 20 is also launching on PC, and those with memberships to Origin Access can start playing early, too. There are reports online that Madden NFL 20 early access through Origin Access Premier begins July 24, but this is seemingly unconfirmed.
If history is any indication, the Madden NFL 20 early access trial on console and PC will let you play the full game (or presumably most of it) for a set number of hours, the exact number of which is unclear at this stage. All of your progress is likely to carry forward if you choose to buy the game outright. EA/Origin Access members save 10 percent on all EA digital content, which knocks down the price of Madden NFL 20’s standard version from $60 USD to $54 USD.
Another way to play Madden NFL 20 early is to pre-order one of the game’s more expensive premium versions. The Ultimate Superstar ($100 USD) and Superstar ($80 USD) editions unlock three days early, beginning on July 30. These premium SKUs also include various in-game extras.
Madden NFL 20 promises a series of updates and improvements. Among its most notable new additions is college football; a small selection of college football teams, including Florida and Oklahoma, are featured in the game’s new Face of the Franchise career mode. You can check out a preview of the mode in the video embedded above. Also new for Madden NFL 20 are X-Factor super-abilities for some of the league’s best players.
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