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Madden's 20th Anniversary Press Event: PlayStation Exclusive

After last year's mediocre Madden effort, PlayStation 3 owners have been on EA's case. They have every right to be, of course, after getting a game that ran at 30 frames per second while the Xbox 360 version ran at the full (and now expected) 60 frames per second. But EA Sports really wants to get back on our good side.

We've received an invite to their upcoming press event for the franchise's 20th anniversary, and it looks to be exclusively a PlayStation celebration. Madden NFL 09 will be on display and playable for both the PS3 and PSP, but nothing will be shown for the Xbox 360 and Wii versions (as far as we know). This is a very nice change of pace from a publisher that always caters to the widest possible audience of gamers possible, which usually means their titles appear on most every platform. Perhaps EA is sick of catching so much flak from PS3 owners over the past year, and they're looking to rectify the situation. Maybe what they put on display will prove that this year's Madden effort will, at the very least, be on par with other versions of the game.

Now, we can't imagine EA would do this when they're still having trouble with the PS3 hardware, so we're suddenly more excited about Madden NFL 09. We also wouldn't mind to see a statement from EA Sports at this press event, acknowledging the fact that PS3 owners are indeed disappointed with EA, and that they're doing something to regain our trust. That statement is kinda implied by making the event PlayStation exclusive, but even so, we want an apology. Oh yes, we do.

6/12/2008 Ben Dutka

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Warukyure [Power User]
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 12:08:40 AM


There are a considerable amount of people who are absolute diehard Madden fans. If this could happen and if Madden 09 was exclusive to the PS3, it wouldn't be really hard to see PS3 units more faster than launch day. (Ok, maybe that was greatly overexaggerated but you can't say it won't move a lot of units)

Chances are this won't happen because EA is all about screwing people over, disappointing gamers and making a lot of money... But hey, I wish it were true...

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 1:35:09 AM

@warukyure: Either you completely misinterpreted the article or are a complete moron. MADDEN ISN'T AND NEVER WILL BE EXCLUSIVE TO ANYTHING. If you are actually even letting the thought of an exclusive madden get in your head you need medical help. The event will only be showing Madden versions for Sony consoles. Nobody on the planet has enough money to make Madden exclusive.

My theory is that Madden already has the X-Box kids hypnotized by Madden but is trying to regain a lot of us PS3 kids who jumped ship last year.

For some reason (this event has nothing to do with it) I have high hopes for NCAA football and madden this year. Dear EA, please don't let me down again.

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Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 11:03:02 AM

Shadow, obviously he misinterpreted the article, you know that, so why grill him? I was very excited about NCAA last year too but when I found it was only running half-ass I treated it as a renter. In my opinion asking EA to get their football games to run at 60 frames should have never been this big a deal, should have happened last year. So I for one am not really impressed with this news. Sure it's nice EA is inviting us and for now only us (ps3) but this whole EA loves ps3 thing is kind of like someone breaking into your house and then a year or so later returning your stuff and inviting you to a bbq....too little too late fleabags

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Saturday, June 14, 2008 @ 12:53:22 AM

I will still buy the PS2 version as I have the last two years. I own a PS3 but could not believe how horrible the game was.

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