If you haven’t heard by now that is the deal, Madden will now officially release every year on August 30th versus August 13th as it has in recent years. According to EA Sports president Peter Moore the decision to move Madden’s release date back for the foreseeable future wasn’t a rash decision and is actually something that both he and the team had been wanting to do for some time. From what we can tell from talking to people close to the situation, that is actually the real story and all the other issues seem to just be coincidences. If you’re a Madden fan then by now you have heard the rumors that several senior members of the Madden team will be leaving EA Tiburon shortly, sources tell us that there is some validity to this but the changing of the release date is not directly related. Instead Moore gave a very simple and highly believable explanation for the push back…it’s closer to the start of the NFL season. That’s right it has nothing to do with the game not being ready, it’s about money. What a relief!
At the EA Sports Season Opener event Moore revealed a very simple truth and that is that he truly believes that increased sales of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters was at least partially because of its release being so close to the actual Masters. It is now this same logic that is driving EA Sports to adjust the release dates of seemingly all their yearly sports titles. The logic is that the longer they make us all wait for the game to release and the closer it is to the actual start of whatever sport season the game focuses on then the bigger the number of people that will buy it. I can’t disagree with that logic, though as a gamer I’m pissed we will have to wait longer to play Madden every year. Another issue that Moore didn’t specifically bring up but also has to be an added benefit is that it gives NCAA a longer window to be viable which should improve sales of that title as well. While there are some dedicated NCAA fans out there, there are quite a lot of people who play NCAA religiously UNTIL Madden comes out and then they pretty much drop it. I know because I am one of those people.
So there you have it folks, August 30th is when you will have to wait for Madden from now on. In the end, I think this will actually be good for the sales of EA Sports titles across the board even if gamers don’t like it at first. The one thing I am learning is that in the end we all just get used to it. The one major concern I can foresee is that delaying Madden puts its closer to the release of the NBA franchises which could be an issue. You have some people who just play Madden but most people play both and it definitely shortens the gap between them which could cause issues, though not enough to negate the possible benefits of sliding Madden back. So now you have heard it and its official, what do you think about all this? Will the later release date affect whether you buy the game or not?