Madden 23 is almost here, and some players have already tied their boots and jumped into the game.
We’ve already had a good look at the new NFL game. We know Madden 23’s player ratings, have seen the bone-crunching player stacks in action, and been notified of cross-play support. Now we know exactly when to put on our pads and hit the field.
Like Madden NFL 22 before it, Madden 23 will appear in two waves. While the full release will be on August 18 (or August 19, depending on your time zone), a three-day early access period is already underway. If you’re an EA Play member, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber, or have pre-ordered the Madden NFL 23 All Madden Edition, you can jump right now to EA’s latest main sports title.
Madden 23 release time
The release time of Madden 23 is the same all over the world. If you purchased the standard version of the game, you’ll be able to play from 9pm PST on August 18, or at 12pm EST / 5am BST / 3pm AEDT on August 19.
However, if you purchased the special All Madden Edition of the game, you can play the game now as part of an early access period. The preview window opened on August 15, so you can get an advanced look at the game before other players join you. Your progress in the early access period will carry over to Madden 23 after full release.
A stripped-down version of that early access period is also available to EA Play subscribers. If you are a member of EA’s subscription service, you can play Madden 23 for up to 10 hours without purchasing the game. That trial period will also be available after the game is fully released. It’s also available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members, who have automatic access to EA Play as part of their subscription.
Madden 23 is coming to PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. But think carefully about which system to buy, because upgrading to next-generation hardware will cost you a hefty fee.