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How Long is the Madden 23 Free Trial? Everything You Need to Know

The free trial for Madden NFL 23 lasts for a limited time, ranging from a few days to 10 hours depending on the platform and membership. Here‘s a comprehensive look at the options to play Madden 23 for free and what to expect.

Free Play Weekend: 4 Days of Free Access

EA Sports hosted a special Free Play Weekend promo for Madden 23 from September 8-11, 2022. This gave players on Xbox and PlayStation 4 days to download and play the full game for free.

According to EA‘s announcement, the Madden 23 Free Play Weekend was available on:

  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Series X|S
  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 5

So whether you were gaming on last-gen or current-gen consoles, you could take advantage of this free trial period.

This was a great way for players to experience all the new features of Madden 23 for an extended time before buying. Four full days is enough time to play through Longshot story mode, get invested in Face of the Franchise, and take your Ultimate Team through several games.

EA Play 10-Hour Trial

EA Play members can access a 10-hour trial of Madden NFL 23. This gives you 10 full hours to play the game, across any game mode you want, to help decide if you want to buy it.

The Madden EA Play trial is available on:

  • Xbox One/Series X|S
  • PlayStation 4/5

Your progress carries over if you choose to purchase the full game after the 10-hour trial ends.

One tip is to fully close the Madden 23 app before shutting down your console to make sure your trial time isn‘t accidentally wasted.

It‘s worth noting that EA Play is included with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership at no extra cost. So Game Pass subscribers can access the 10-hour Madden trial on Xbox.

Early Access with EA Play

EA Play members on all platforms can play Madden NFL 23 up to 3 days early depending on membership level.

Here‘s a breakdown of the early access benefits:

  • EA Play members get to play Madden 23 3 days early
  • EA Play Pro members on PC get full early access to Madden 23 on August 12 (12 days before standard edition release)

So with an EA Play membership, you get a head start on the season and can begin your Madden 23 experience before most other players.

Free Madden 23 Perks

In addition to early access and 10-hour trials, EA Play members can claim special bonuses in Madden Ultimate Team.

For example, in February 2023 EA Play members can get a special Ultimate Team pack just for logging into Madden 23 during a certain window.

These regular Ultimate Team perks are another nice benefit of EA Play for passionate Madden players invested in building their fantasy rosters.

What Happens After the Free Trial Ends?

It‘s important to note that the Madden 23 free trial period, whether the Play Weekend or the EA Play 10-hour trial, is time-limited.

Once the trial ends, you‘ll need to purchase a copy of Madden NFL 23 to keep playing.

Here are the current prices for Madden 23 across platforms:

PlatformStandard Edition Price
Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One$59.99
PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4$59.99

There is also a special Dynasty Edition for $99.99 which includes:

  • Full Madden 23 game
  • Early 3-day access
  • Madden Strategy items and uniforms
  • Elite players for Ultimate Team

So in summary, enjoy your platform‘s free trial while it lasts, but know that you‘ll have to buy a copy of Madden 23 to keep playing after the trial period expires.

Key Takeaways on the Madden 23 Free Trial

To recap the key details:

  • You can play Madden 23 for free during the 4-day Play Weekend from September 8-11, 2022
  • EA Play members get a 10-hour trial plus early access benefits
  • Your progress carries over from the trials if you decide to buy the full game
  • After the free trial ends, you need to purchase Madden 23 to keep accessing the game

So savor your free trial, whether it‘s the longer Free Play Weekend or the 10 hours with EA Play. Take your time to evaluate the new Madden experience before you decide if it‘s worth buying the full game this season.

Expert Tip: Use the Free Trial for Key Modes

As a long-time Madden player and self-proclaimed NFL simulation expert, I recommend using your free trial strategically. Focus on testing out the modes that matter most to you.

For example, if you‘re all about franchise mode, make sure to play a few full seasons with your favorite team. If you love Madden Ultimate Team, get a head start building your fantasy roster and try some online matches.

Dive into the story-driven Face of the Franchise and explore Superstar KO if those interest you. Just be intentional with what you want to evaluate before your time expires.

The free trial for Madden 23 is the perfect way to experience the game stress-free and make an informed purchase decision. Have fun with it! Just be warned that when the trial ends, you‘ll need to buy a copy if you want to keep playing Madden NFL 23.



Michael Reddy is a tech enthusiast, entertainment buff, and avid traveler who loves exploring Linux and sharing unique insights with readers.