Confused about when EA Access Members and G.O.A.T. pre-orders get early access to Madden 18? You are not alone! While it might seem confusing, EA spelled it out in their press release way back in May when they announced Tom Brady would grace the cover.
Fans can also play the finished game before launch day: G.O.A.T. Edition owners get three-day early access, letting them start their season on Tuesday, August 22, while EA Access members can play for up to 10 hours starting Thursday, August 17 with the EA Access Play First Trial. – EA Press Release
EA Access members get early access starting on Thursday, August 17th for the “10 hour trial”. If you pre-ordered the G.O.A.T. edition, you can begin playing the full game 3 days early on Tuesday, August 22nd – no 10 hour trial restriction.
If you want early access through the EA Access trial AND want to pre-order the G.O.A.T. edition here’s the best way to do it:
- Join EA Access as a subscriber through the X-box Store
- Pre-order the Madden 18 G.O.A.T. edition through the X-box store and receive the 10% off discount EA Access members receive for digital downloads.
By pre-ordering the game after joining EA Access you get the G.O.A.T. edition for $71.99 instead of $79.99 and the EA Access membership essentially pays for itself. On a side note, I also took advantage of pre-ordering Star Wars Battlefront II which I planned to buy anyway. I won’t keep my EA Access subscription active for more than one month.
The rest of the benefits of the G.O.A.T edition focus around Madden Ultimate Team. If you aren’t a MUT fan, paying an extra $15 is probably not worth three days of early access but hey, it’s your money. I’ve spent $15 on much, much worse.
Here’s a list of the extra MUT items included in the G.O.A.T. edition:
- One of five Elite G.O.A.T. players
- an Elite player from your favorite NFL team
- 12 Squad Packs
- 2500 contracts
- one uniform pack
And as of this post, if you pre-ordered the game on X-box One, the game is available to be pre-installed NOW.