Madden 19 Adds A New Voice

It sounds like Jonathan Coachman has a role in this year's pro football game from EA Sports.

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Madden 19 is making a change to its voice acting lineup, it seems. GameSpot recently got a chance to play the pro football sim and we discovered that former ESPN anchor Jonathan Coachman now appears to be the pregame/halftime host. In the previous Madden games, Larry Ridley covered the pregame and halftime duties. You can hear his voice in the gameplay video above.

It's unclear if Ridley is completely gone for Madden 19 or if he'll be featured in the game alongside Coachman. We have contacted EA Sports in an attempt to get more details, and we'll update this post with anything we hear.

Coachman, who goes by the stage name "The Coach," currently works for the WWE following a run as an anchor at ESPN. This isn't the first time he's lent his voice to a video game, as Coachman also did voicework for Black College Football.

The commentating team of Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis that's been in place since Madden 17 will remain intact for Madden 19. In a very big and controversial move, they replaced NFL broadcast legends Jim Nantz and Phil Simms who did the previous games.

Madden 19 launches a little earlier this year, arriving at the start of August. The game is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as PC for the first time in a decade. The footage in the video above was captured on Madden 19's PC version. For more on Madden 19, check out 35 minutes of the game's Longshot mode here.

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