The design features Brady and Mahomes sitting on a bench and looking into the camera. It’s a stark contrast to the action photos that have graced covers for over 20 years.
Unfortunately, if EA was trying to impress fans with their new ideas, they missed the mark. Fans on social media are ripping the cover and the franchise for what many see as low-effort.
Some were particularly irked by EA’s promotional materials which had Patrick Mahomes being called the GOAT. Many feel that despite his accomplishments, he hasn’t earned it yet.
Too early to be calling Mahomes a GOAT man, it irks me https://t.co/324iJuXzsc
— 7Ringz (@teddy_talks12) June 17, 2021
Please explain how Patrick Mahomes is a “Goat” https://t.co/pGKMrDEtwv
— Jordon Crewse (@JordonCrewse) June 17, 2021
Others joked that the “Madden Curse” will likely come into play, depriving us of a potential Super Bowl rematch:
— Kenny Majid – A Kenny For Your Thoughts Podcast (@akfytwrestling) June 17, 2021
But there’s a laundry list of complaints that fans have. Whether it’s the game mechanics itself, the cover design, or the choice of athletes, a lot of people have been left unhappy:
This ain't a good cover, but then again, this probably won't be a good game so maybe it's fitting https://t.co/uXv4tKVcIl
— Leoñ ⚾ (@LeonCastilloJr) June 17, 2021
This is so boring https://t.co/qykVSjtZbi
— bomaYe (@rap_language9) June 17, 2021
yet neither won the MVP last year. strange! https://t.co/UCVVPxYFy2
— link walker july 17th (@plastmyprime) June 17, 2021
The Madden NFL franchise has been beset by controversies for several years now. Between their implementation of macrotransactions in their Ultimate Team Mode, the lack of a franchise mode, recycled graphics and unfixed bugs, the franchise continues to receive middling reviews despite making tons of money.
Madden NFL 22 is slated for release later this year.