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
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
quote: No one complains when yet another fighting game is console only, because they're better suited for it, and I'd argue that many sports games are as well.