Well, this is highly unusual.

EA says that they are celebrating the start of the 2021 NFL Season by offering up a "global Free-to-Play trial" for Madden NFL 22. This free trial will run from September 9 through September 12 on the Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC via Steam, and Google Stadia. Strangely, this press release does not seem to suggest that the trial is available through Origin. Weird one that is.

Anyway, this trial will allow you to play everything that Madden NFL 22 has to offer. This includes the Campus Legends event in the Superstar KO mode.

Did EA ever do this sort of thing before for a Madden release? Is this new? Maybe the game isn't selling as well as they want it to. Or maybe they really are just celebrating the start of a new NFL season. Hey, whatever the case is, you can play a game for free this weekend, so enjoy yourself. Just keep in mind that only the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S versions include those "next-gen" features.

In addition to this news, EA also shared some random statistics about what players are doing in Madden NFL 22 this year.

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Madden NFL 22 players also revealed the NFL teams to watch and biggest storylines heading into the season through their play. Across millions of games in Madden NFL 22, the Baltimore Ravens are the team to beat this season according to Madden players, while Julio Jones' trade to Tennessee lifted the Titans to the second most used team in the game, with a 133 percent increase in usage from Madden NFL 21. Players are eager for the first battle between Tom Brady’s Buccaneers and the Patrick Mahomes led Chiefs, as this cover athlete matchup is the most played in game. Rookie quarterbacks like Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields and Zach Wilson also are significantly raising each of their team's usage compared to last year. See the attached image for more highlights from Madden players.