With the NFL lockout seemingly inevitable, some have been wondering how it might affect EA's popular Madden franchise.
Negotiations have not gone well and it appears that football fans won't even get a season this year, or if they do, it'll be shortened. Nobody knows anything concrete just yet, but things just aren't going well. Even so, EA Sports says not to worry- spokesman Bob Semsey stepped up on Twitter and delivered the following reassuring words:
"Madden NFL 12 will be released in August as always. All the NFL teams, all the NFL players, all Madden."
Although the NFLPA (Player's Association) has been "decertified," EA Sports can still use real players and real teams, and the team and league logos are licensed separately, so they don't have to be removed, either. Semsey also went on to confirm that rookie players will be included on the rosters of teams who select them in April's draft, so that's a definite plus.
Well, of course EA is going to release it. We could be wrong, but with no football on TV and one's only option being the new Madden …wouldn't sales skyrocket? Or would it work the other way; i.e., hardcore fans want to play while following the season, and if there's no season, they lose interest in playing… Guess we'll find out in August.
Related Game(s): Madden NFL 12