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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 azmodan79 on 4/3/2008 12:00:34 PM , Rating: 2
The last good Sports game for the PC EA sold was (I think) NBA/FIFA/MADDEN 2006 from then on they just refreshed the rosters and made cosmetic changes to the graphics engine; when the next-gen consoles rolled out, they didn't improve anything on the PC ports, Xbox360 and PS3 owners were treated with good sports games but the PC versions remained basically the same for three (3) long years.
Now this clown has the audacity to say: Too bad for you Pc owners, but if you want to play sports games you have to buy a console, after all the sales are there, aren't they?
Peter, my friend, the PC versions of your incredible sports games are crap and we're happy there will be no Madden 09 since it would have been remarkably similar to Madden 08 and Madden 07, but hey, since we PC owners don't have a joypad how can we enjoy the great gameplay of EA sports games?
Just tell the truth, Peter after 3 years of refreshes the games look horrible (not horrible, just the same as 2005) and the backlash is starting to mount...
Gotta love those spin doctors! No wonder the guy worked for Microsoft, too bad he left! He could have put some PR spin on the disaster that is Vista...

By omnicronx on 4/3/2008 12:46:35 PM , Rating: 2
What are you expecting here? Even on the console versions they were basically the same.. Gameplay was a bit different, but the core game was the same.

Don't get me wrong except for their sports games I hate EA as a developer, but people expect a different game for each sports title every year. Thats just not possible... And to tell you the truth I like the current yearly game updates over the possibility of having an NFL or an NHL every two years, but with all the changes at once..

I don't buy many other games so I don't mind getting the 3 or 4 titles a year.. EA sure as hell is not forcing you to buy it every year, I just like the change, keeps the same old same old interesting ;)

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