New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will be the featured athlete on the cover of Madden NFL 17.
Official confirmation came on ESPN’s SportsCenter today, accompanied by an announcement from the official Madden NFL Twitter account. Gronkowski will be the first tight end, as well as the first Patriots player, to grace the cover of a Madden game.
— EA SPORTS Madden NFL (@EAMaddenNFL) May 12, 2016
Gronkowski’s appearance on the cover confirms an earlier leak which came from the Xbox Games Store, though the cover that was leaked differs slightly from the official one. ESPN also premiered a video of the cover’s debut on SportsCenter.
Shortly after the announcement, EA released the first gameplay trailer for Madden NFL 17, which shows off the newly crowned cover athlete in action.
EA announced that Madden 17 will release on for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. According to the leaked listing, in addition to a $60 base game, there will be a $80 Deluxe Edition and a $100 Super Deluxe Edition available.