It's already one of the most celebrated days in gaming, but this year's Madden 25 release date is likely to be extra special for football loving gamers across the country thanks to a surprising promotional offer, which will apparently be exclusive to Amazon.

Thousands of fans line up outside their favorite retailers every year on the eve of the Madden release date, ready to pick up their copies at midnight and rush home for a few hours of gaming before they have to get ready for work. Some take the day off to get started on their next franchise, and we're sure the Madden 25 release date will bring much of the same - except this year a few more people may stay home to take advantage of an Amazon offer that's almost too good to pass on.

While game pre-orders/purchases typically only net gamers a free multiplayer skin or flashy-looking weapon of some kind, Amazon seems to have secured quite the coup when it comes to the online retailer's Madden 25 promotional offering. In addition to receiving a special 17-card set, for the game's Madden Ultimate Team trading card series, those who purchase the $99 Madden 25 Anniversary Edition on/after the Madden 25 release date will also secure a free subscription to DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket for the upcoming season.

According to Polygon, the Madden 25 Anniversary Edition will include a promotional code that nets new subscribers $10 off their monthly fees for the first year of a new DirecTV subscription, along with access to the NFL Sunday Ticket Max package for the duration of the 2013-2014 season. Customers who purchase the Madden 25 Anniversary Edition, but cannot sign up for DirecTV, will be given access to the NFL Sunday Ticket service on their computer(s), tablets, and other mobile devices. It's unclear at this time if the second option will only be available to those who can't sign up for DirecTV service, as opposed to those of us who just don't want to, and we've reached out to Amazon for more information on the matter.

Madden 25 is being developed by EA Tiburon for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with no announced next-gen plans at this time, and the game is expected to hit store shelves on August 27. Be sure to check back with iDIgitalTimes.com for all the latest game play and roster news ahead of the Madden 25 release date.

Are you planning to buy the Madden 25 Anniversary Edition from Amazon this year? Still planning to line-up outside your favorite store for a midnight launch on the Madden 25 release date? Given up on the Madden franchise entirely?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section!