Thursday, March 27

Something Is Happening To Madden '08!?!


Madden '08 has evolved into Madden '09!!

Yep, Madden '09 has officially been dated for a release of August 12th, 2008 and this year it has a partner in crime, the collector's edition.

The special collectors edition will include the following: Madden '09, Head Coach '09, exclusive classic Madden gameplay, and a bonus DVD packed with extra footage and exciting football related things.

By classic Madden gameplay do they mean the Genesis version ones? Or are they going to be clever and include an actual football? All corny jokes aside, the press release comes after the break.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., - March 27, 2008 - Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:
ERTS) announced today that Madden NFL 09 will be available in retail
stores in North America on August 12, including a special collector’s
edition in celebration of the 20th anniversary of one of the
best-selling video game franchises of all time. The Madden NFL 09 20th
Anniversary Collector’s Edition will be the ultimate interactive NFL
experience - featuring full versions of both Madden NFL 09 and the
all-new NFL Head Coach 09, exclusive classic Madden NFL gameplay, and an
extensive library of exclusive bonus video content.

“The Madden NFL franchise has a rich history, and we’re proud to be
celebrating it with this definitive video game package,” says Peter
Moore, president of EA SPORTS. “Featuring two deep and innovative new
standalone games, as well as a host of exclusive bonus content, the
Madden NFL 09 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition is the ultimate
interactive offering for both long-time Madden NFL fans and anyone who
enjoys football on Sundays. I can’t think of a better way to get your
NFL fix than to enjoy everything that’s unique about both Madden NFL 09
and NFL Head Coach 09, and then connecting and sharing content from

Whether you prefer to make your moves on the field, from the sidelines
or in the front office, the Madden NFL 09 20th Anniversary Collector’s
Edition has something for every football fan. Madden NFL 09 will feature
the most immersive gameplay, the richest online offerings and the most
comprehensive feature depth in the history of the franchise, while NFL
Head Coach 09 has been reinvented to provide a unique new NFL experience
by allowing fans to be in total control of their favorite franchises.
The two games offer unique experiences and then can even interact with
one another with gamers being able to import their user-designed plays
from NFL Head Coach 09 and put them into Madden NFL 09 to create
customized playbooks for complete control on the field.

“Both Madden NFL 09 and NFL Head Coach 09 are deep and unique gaming
experiences that will truly immerse sports fans of all ages, skill
levels and playing styles,” says Chris Erb, EA SPORTS director of
marketing. “With the Madden NFL 09 20th Anniversary Collector’s
Edition, we’re bringing two great NFL games together to create the
definitive football offering.”

NFL Head Coach 09 provides the complete NFL coaching experience,
offering a variety of different ways to control an NFL franchise, on and
off the field, in-season and off-season. With strategic game-planning
features, NFL Head Coach 09 places gamers in the coach’s seat by
allowing gamers to comprehensively scout the opponent, build custom
playbooks, and develop a team that will adapt to the philosophy and
system of an NFL franchise.

Last year’s Madden NFL 08 was honored with various awards, including the
2007 Game Critics “Best Sports Game” award at last year’s E3 Media and
Business Summit, “Best Team Sports Game” from the Spike TV Video Games
Awards, “Best Sports Game of the Year” by GameTrailers’ 2007 Game of the
Year Awards, GameSpot’s “Best Sports Game” Reader’s Choice Award, and
the “Best Sports Games” of 2007 by MSNBC. Over the past 20 years, the
Madden NFL franchise has sold over 70 million* copies and has been
established as one of the most revered sports video games in the
industry. Since 2002, Madden NFL has been the number one selling sports
game** each year in North America.

Both Madden NFL 09 and NFL Head Coach 09 are developed in Orlando,
Florida by the award-winning EA Tiburon studio, which also produces
NCAA(r) Football, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR(r) and NASCAR(r) racing.

Madden NFL 09 will be available for the Xbox 360(tm) video game system
from Microsoft, PlayStation(r)2 and PLAYSTATION(r)3 computer
entertainment systems, Wii(tm), Nintendo DS(tm), PSP(tm)
(PlayStation(r)Portable) handheld entertainment system and is rated RP
by the ESRB. NFL Head Coach 09 is scheduled to ship only as a part of
the Madden NFL 09 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition, which, at a
suggested retail price of $89.99 for the complete package of Madden NFL
09 and NFL Head Coach 09 plus additional exclusive bonus content, will
ship on the Xbox 360(tm) and PLAYSTATION(r)3.


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Sp3ctr said...

Being a big Madden fan myself I have to say WEWT!!

I also love how you made one of the lables "Series that Never Dies". I think it's appropriate. And I'm glad it will never die.