Wii, PS3, & Xbox 360 Receiving Competition for Madden?
Most football fans were less than pleased with Electronic Arts' decision to purchase the National Football League franchise just over two years ago. That essentially lopped the head off of a successful 2K pigskin franchise, forcing the line of sports games to turn their focus back towards the NBA, MLB, and NHL. The exclusive EA deal has left many Madden players and football fans wondering if the company is really pushing the envelope every August. Why bother, right?
Well, competition may finally be on the way. After a few years dormant on the football front, 2K Sports is set to release some form of competition for the EA juggernaut. Visual Concepts will develop a title called "All-Pro Football 2K8", with a scheduled release date of summer, 2007.
Unspecified recipients are "next generation video game systems". Considering the past history of success on the PlayStation 2, there's no reason to doubt that the floundering PS3 will receive a version. Xbox 360 is sure to be on board. And, if 2K really wants to make a splash, it can improve on the Wiimote football controls introduced by EA last year.
It's not yet clear who gamers will be playing when All-Pro hits shelves this summer. It certainly won't be Peyton and the boys, as the NFL deal with EA is set to last a while longer. Speculation is that players may be taking control of Hall of Famers, with gameplay completely unlike the seedy arcade theme introduced by Midway in Blitz: The League.
What would you like to see, Gizmo readers? Personally, I say to heck with "All-Pro" and hope we instead see "2K Sports Pop Warner".