(via ign.com) New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be the cover athlete of Madden NFL 18, Electronic Arts has announced.

For the first time in Madden NFL history, the cover athletes in back-to-back years are teammates, as the five-time Super Bowl champion follows last year’s cover athlete, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

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Madden NFL 18 will release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One worldwide on August 25. The latest installment in the long-running sports franchise will be powered by Frostbite, which, according to EA, “delivers a significant visual leap not only to the players, but crowds, stadiums and more.”

Alongside today’s cover reveal, Electronic Arts revealed Madden NFL 18’s pre-order bonuses. Those who pre-order the standard version will receive five Squad Packs and the choice of an Elite player for use in Ultimate Team.

Meanwhile, those who pre-order the G.O.A.T. Edition will get the aforementioned content in the standard edition, as well as the ability to choose one of five G.O.A.T. players for Ultimate Team. Owners of this edition will also get three-day early access to the game, allowing them to dive into the action on August 22.

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