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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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RE: Greedy bastards...
By Domicinator on 4/3/2008 10:35:50 PM , Rating: 2
News flash for you: EVERY company's first priority is to make money. EA isn't running a charity. Neither is Ubisoft, Valve, Blizzard, Epic, etc. They are in business to make money. If the PC platform isn't making them any money, they aren't going to bother with it. As much as people would like to believe that game companies are in the business strictly because they love to make games for gamers (I never understood why people would think that) it's just not how it is. Game companies make games that will sell. The increasing costs of producing a triple A title are causing game companies to lean more toward the sure thing. When you make a PC game, you're automatically going to have to assume that you will be bearing the load of all the software pirates stealing your game and only making money on the leftovers of what is already a niche platform.

I have been a PC gamer for a long long time, but I do love baseball and golf, and the PC versions of Tiger Woods games and MLB games are pretty crappy compared to their console counterparts. I play MLB2K8 and Tiger Woods a lot on Xbox Live, and it is a blast. The computer versions of those games are very stripped down and not nearly as fun. Also, PC games are becoming more and more just multi platform releases. The difference is that you have to keep upgrading your PC to play those games, but you only upgrade your console every 5 years to play them.

I still believe in the PC as a viable gaming platform, but it's getting more and more commercial, and the more that happens, the more it's going to become obsolete in the gaming industry. In other words, more mainstream will mean more and more multiplatform release leftovers, which in the end will make people think, "Couldn't I just play that on my console and not have to get a new PC?"

It's up to the developers and publishers to keep the PC a unique platform that people want to fork over the money to play on. Right now, all they're doing is porting the console games to the PC. It's not just sports games, it's ALL games. Unless that attitude is reversed, the PC is in more trouble than it has ever been in before.

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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