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PC version of Madden 09 benched

Franchises will be the name of the games through at least summer. Gran Turismo, Grand Theft Auto, Metal Gear Solid and Ninja Gaiden are just some of the blockbusters expected soon, but few franchises capitalize on mass market popularity the way Madden NFL does.

Like some other popular EA properties, Madden NFL games are typically released on every platform possible. That won’t be the case for this upcoming year’s entry for the world’s most popular (American) football game, however, as Madden NFL 09 will not be appearing on the PC.

Suspiciously left out from the original announcement of Madden NFL 09, which will hit Xbox 360, PS2, PS3, Wii, Nintendo DS and PSP, the PC version is now confirmed by EA Sports president Peter Moore as non-existent.

“We knew that our decision to not develop this year’s Madden for the PC would be an unpopular decision in some circles,” Moore wrote on his corporate blog. “We are committed to shipping a limited number of our games on the PC this year, but we’ve also had to cut a few of our games from the platform.”

Moore added that the shift of gaming from PC to console is one of the reasons behind Madden’s couch-only experience for its 2009 iteration. “The PC presents some very serious business challenges to us in the sports category, particularly because so many of you all are playing your favorite sports games on the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii,” said Moore.

“We do have ideas for how to revitalize the PC for sports games and the types of games that are best suited to the platform, and we’ll continue to explore those,” added the EA Sports president.

There is no word yet on whether or not EA Sports’ other franchises, particularly those that are far less popular than Madden, will hit the PC for the 09 series.

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By nosfe on 4/3/2008 9:30:33 AM , Rating: 2
That won’t be the case for this upcoming year’s entry for the world’s most popular (American) football game

EA bought exclusive rights for it so how can it not be the "most popular"

RE: what?
By MrBlastman on 4/3/2008 9:36:58 AM , Rating: 3
Be careful...

Before you know it, EA will have bought and trademarked the phrase "most popular"

EA Sports!™ The most popular brand™ out there! It's in the game!™

RE: what?
By therealnickdanger on 4/3/2008 2:57:51 PM , Rating: 1
Don't forget:

Challenge Everything!™
*except mediocrity™

RE: what?
By i3arracuda on 4/3/2008 9:38:03 AM , Rating: 2
They bought exclusive rights to the NFL. They don't own exclusive rights to 'football'. You can still buy other football games, like All-Pro Football 2K8.

RE: what?
By omnicronx on 4/3/2008 12:40:04 PM , Rating: 2
Who cares, Madden is actually one of EA's good titles, Madden 08 was like crack.

RE: what?
By sweetsauce on 4/3/2008 1:07:14 PM , Rating: 2
I think all the people, like me, who think madden is garbage and loved the 2k series care. Im pretty sure EA cared too, enought to shell out a huge lump of cash to make sure they wouldn't have to worry about it anymore.

RE: what?
By CBone on 4/3/2008 3:55:38 PM , Rating: 2
+1 on that.

Madden sucks. It hasn't been good since '93 IMO.

As greedy as the NFL is I can't believe that they sold exclusivity to one company rather than get multiple high-dollar deals, and then did it again. Didn't the NFL bean-counters realize that Madden and 2k together would have made more money for them? Especially if 2K had been allowed to make a triumphant return.

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