Madden NFL 21 SpongeBob SquarePants announcement is coming tomorrow on January 7

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SpongeBob SquarePants is about to leave his pineapple under the sea to join… Madden 21? Wait, what? 

That's right, the official Madden Twitter account is currently teasing some upcoming news with an image of yellow square sponge himself. The announcement is set to come tomorrow on January 7, and my imagination is already running wild with the thought of SpongeBob taking to the field. I could easily see him joining the Seahawks, or perhaps the Miami Dolphins. 

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We don't yet know what this announcement will be exactly, and just how this crossover will shape up. Whether SpongeBob will actually be in the game remains to be seen, but honestly, I'd love to see the sponge is all his next-gen glory jump into a match in the stadium. 

I also wouldn't be against seeing an entire team made up of characters from SpongeBob, from Pearl and Sandy Cheeks to Patrick and Squidward. Maybe there'll be a themed uniform, so your team can sport the signature yellow colour. Really, it's anyone's guess right now, but it's certainly one very unexpected crossover. 

Interestingly, though, a report from Variety recently revealed that SpongeBob SquarePants will be featured in an NFL Wild Card game on Nickelodeon. Set to be broadcast on January 10, the game is said to be in a bid to get kids to watch NFL. This tease of an upcoming collaboration in the world of the Madden NFL game could be related in some way. 

It just goes to show that you can never quite predict what crossovers we'll see next in the world of video games. 

If you're jumping into the field yourself, be sure to check out these Madden 21 tips

Heather Wald
Senior staff writer

I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.