Madden 17's cover star will be revealed today, but a leak from the official Xbox online store appears to show some more tantalizing details about the game.
Here's the game's description from the store:
Take your team all the way in Madden NFL 17 with a renewed focus on Franchise mode, putting you at the center of your team's Championship run. Arm your team for gridiron glory on both sides of the ball with the most balanced gameplay to date, featuring all-new ball carrier feedback cues, defender fake out mechanics and an innovative, authentic defensive AI system. Madden NFL 17 is the most complete Madden…ever.
Pre-ordering any of the apparently three versions of the game will get you goodies. Pre-order the standard edition ($ 59.99) gets you nine Madden Ranked tickets (used in the series' Draft Champions mode) and up to seven Madden Ultimate team pro packs. The Deluxe edition ($ 79.99) pre-order offers 30 Ranked tickets and up to 10 MUT all-pro packs, while the Super Deluxe edition ($ 99.99) ups the ante with 30 Ranked tickets and up to 30 all-pro MUT packs. All pre-orders also offer a month trial of EA Access.
That this is from the official Xbox store makes it seem legit. The franchise changes – whatever that encompasses – is welcome and overdue, and we'll have to see if the somewhat generic gameplay promises make as big of a difference as the above description seems to indicate. We should know more at E3 in mid-June.