Video game developer and publisher Electronic Arts surprised absolutely no one this morning with the announcement of Madden NFL 16, a new game in the long-running football franchise scheduled for release this year.

Electronic Arts formally revealed Madden NFL 16 in a post on its blog this week, hoping to build on the excitement of the upcoming NFL Draft. August 25th is the Madden NFL 16 release date the company has set.

If it holds true to usual cadence of news for the franchise, we can expect a full reveal of Madden NFL 16’s features during this year’s Electronic Arts Media Briefing during the Electronic Entertainment Expo this June. How big of an upgrade Madden NFL 16 is compared to last year’s version is more important than it’s even been. Allegedly, Microsoft has a football game of its own in the works featuring Joe Montana.

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