If you're a fan of Madden and have no problems with the game, then this is good news. If you were an NFL 2K fan, or feels Madden has significant issues that have lingered for years, then break out the tissues. According to Joystiq.com, EA Sports has extended its exclusive contract with the NFL through the 2012. EA Sports will now be the sole company capable of making NFL video games (with its huge money-making series Madden) for the next five years.
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Those hoping to get their NFL gaming fix from anywhere other than EA anytime soon are apparently in for a long wait: EA revealed today that it had extended its exclusive contract with the organization until the end of the 2012 season, which falls in February of 2013. A similar deal was also made with the NFL players association.
If you had been anxiously praying for the return of NFL2K, we'd be willing to bet that's never going to happen, as by 2013, we're fairly sure football will be played on the moon with jet packs, and our Earth laws will no longer apply. But take heart, Peter Moore saysabove and beyond. Wait ... you mean you're rewarding our $60 with genuine effort put into the product? Just for us? that EA won't be marking the 2008 20th anniversary of the game with just any Madden year. No, it's going to be Oh, Pete, you shouldn't have.