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Madden 22: Release Date, Brady and Mahomes Cover and Ultimate Team Details

Jake RillFeatured Columnist IIAugust 11, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Tom Brady (12) and Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes (15) greet following the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. The Buccaneers defeated the Chiefs 31-9 to win the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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Many believe Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time. And at this point, it's hard to argue against the three-time NFL MVP and seven-time Super Bowl champion, especially considering he's still playing at an extremely high level entering his age-44 season.

Some think Patrick Mahomes could one day go down as the greatest. He's still only 25, but he's already an NFL MVP and Super Bowl champion who is putting up impressive numbers early in his career. If he continues at this pace for a long time, he'll be in the conversation with Brady.

After Brady and Mahomes went head-to-head in Super Bowl LV earlier this year, they're now both on the cover of Madden NFL 22, which is set to be released Aug. 20 (with preorder access three days earlier).

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It hadn't been that long since either was on the cover. Brady was featured on Madden NFL 18, while Mahomes was the cover player for Madden NFL 20. But both are clearly worthy of the honor again for this year's edition of the game.

All of the primary game modes are returning in Madden NFL 22. Franchise mode has gotten some serious upgrades, Face of the Franchise career mode is back with a new "United We Rise" theme, and The Yard and Superstar KO are again in the game.

And of course, there's Madden Ultimate Team, which has the same core structure but also received some upgrades and improvements for the new season.

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In MUT, players collect cards and try to create the best possible team by earning rewards and spending virtual currencies on packs and cards from the auction house. But there's a lot more to it than the games that are played against online opponents and the CPU.

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EA Sports recently released all the details regarding this year's edition of Madden Ultimate Team. Here are some of the highlights.

First, this year's Madden Ultimate Team will look quite different, as the entire game has a new hub from last year, which includes MUT. It seems like it should be easy to navigate and has all the important information in easily accessible places.

One of the biggest changes is the introduction of strategy items, which changes how chemistries work. It will make things much easier, because instead of having to add a chemistry to each individual player, you can just add strategy items to your lineup that will have the same effect.

Another big improvement is that users can now make halftime adjustments, meaning they can change players' X-factors and abilities midway through the game. However, you'll only have 30 seconds in online games and 60 seconds in offline matchups to do so.

Ever wonder exactly how well a particular card has done for you? Well, there will now be stats tracked showing all the numbers a card has accumulated, such as yards, touchdowns and more. Those playing on PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X will also get "Next Gen Stats" on their cards.

And for those who've played MUT in the past, you'll already know that not every card is available at launch. There will be promotions throughout the season in which new cards are released, and they'll continue to get better as we get later into the year.

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