Madden NFL 16 arriving in the EA Access Vault on February 2

Posted January 28th, 2016 at 11:15 am


The cycle of adding in still relevant sports games to the “Vault” in EA Access on Xbox One, which holds the back library of titles on the console, is about to begin for this year. In a bit of a surprising move Madden NFL 16 will be the first added rather than Rory McIlroy PGA Tour. It’ll happen on Tuesday, February 2.

After making it to the Vault in March last year this time around Madden arrives in front of the Super Bowl. It’s a power move for EA Sports, bringing more attention to the service and potentially hooking new fans into the game and its Ultimate Team mode. It also means that people who own a physical copy of the game on Xbox One, and have a subscription to the service, are free to sell it/trade it in and recoup a significant portion of the initial investment.

As opposed to selling a digital “Super Bowl Edition” of Madden, which the publisher has done the past two years, they’re focusing on this move of the product to the subscription service. EA Access is $30 for a year or $5 month-to-month and in addition to the Vault subscribers receive 10 free hours with each new game and 10% off all digital transactions.