Madden 25 Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Madden 25 RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network EA Shares Drop on NASDAQ Due to Low Madden NFL 25 Sales Mon, 09 Sep 2013 23:08:28 -0400 Stephanie Tang

Electronic Arts (EA) recently announced that more than one million copies of Madden NFL 25 were sold in the very first week. However, the reported figure is less than the 1.65 million sold in the year-ago period. EA's shares on the NASDAQ consequently fell 3.4%, closing at $26.76 on September 6.

EA Sports released Madden NFL 25 in late August for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and iOS. Upon the November release of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the title is planned to also be available on the next-gen consoles. The "25" is a nod to the 25th anniversary of the series rather than the typical year "14" as in previous years, and it is one of the first games to run on EA Sports' Ignite game engine. 


On the outside, low sales hardly appear to be a problem for EA since it is reportedly the highest selling video game title from the publisher in August, and has had players engaged for more than 6 million hours. But according to NASDAQ, the decrease in sales appears to be due to gamers holding off for the upcoming release of next-gen consoles.

Which stands to reason. Why spend the cash on a game for a system that you might want to trade in once the next generation hits if you can still get it for the bigger, better system?

In spite of the dip, NASDAQ is still optimistic about EA's prospects, and believe that upon the launch of the new consoles, things can only go upward thanks to a strong product pipeline that includes some of the most well-known franchises like FIFA 14, Battlefield 4, NBA Live 14, and Need for SpeedAll four titles are scheduled for release in the quarter ending December 31 during the peak holiday season where higher consumer spending should boost EA's top line. 

Also to note from NASDAQ with respect to hit upcoming titles:

"It will be interesting to see whether Take-Two's upcoming Grand Theft Auto V also faces a similar fate post its release this month."

Xbox One Gets All the Fun: No NFL Sunday Ticket on PS3 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 00:01:05 -0400 Brian Armstrong

If you've come to rely on whiling away your Sundays by watching as much football as humanly possible on the NFL Sunday Ticket app on PlayStation 3 over the past two seasons, this may come as a shock: Sunday Ticket will not be available on your PS3 this season.

Without much explanation, PlayStation confirmed to IGN that the pricey app would not be available this season on Sony's current console. As announced at the Xbox One unveiling in May, Microsoft and the NFL have a tight partnership in place that will allow people to access NFL Sunday Ticket, and Sony has apparently been left out in the cold. 

NFL Sunday Ticket has been available over the PlayStation Network each of the last two seasons, but this news means PlayStation 3 owners will have to look elsewhere for their football fix this year. And don't expect that special pre-order of the Madden NFL 25th Anniversary  Edition to get you back door access to the app on your PS3—the special offer that includes NFL Sunday Ticket with the purchase of the $100 game never specifically mentioned Sony's console as one of the supported formats.

Is this a slap in the face by the NFL to PlayStation owners? Is it simply another example of businesses following the money? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Knock, Knock. Who's There? Madden. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 11:25:27 -0400 jackcable

Madden who?  Madden 25.  Ok so it is no small accomplishment to hit 25 years of a gaming experience.  The early years of the Madden legacy offered stunning upgrades from year to year.  The fans were always excited to see the graphics updated. It was the thing that kept its fans coming back like rabid dogs lining up for the kill each and every year, at least some fans anyway. 

The gaming world has to give EA Sports some credit; they are the sports gaming juggernaut.  They have placed themselves in the limelight of most every major sport on this planet!   EA Sports are the “who’s who” of sports games.  From football (Soccer) to football (NFL), and everything in between you will find the EA Sports logo attached to the video game version of these sports.  One has to say congrats to EA Sports and Madden NFL.

With all of the kudos out of the way, what does the silver anniversary edition offer?  The connected franchise is back, including the new owner mode.  The EA Sports Ignite engine promises to be the next step in making games unique. Fans should check out the Madden website for a complete description of this new technology.  That's about it on a short list that Madden has talked about thus far.  Whether these improvements will be the over the top additions worthy of a silver edition game, remains to be seen.

The OTA’s are underway in the NFL, so that means the clock is ticking on EA to get things put together before the August 27th release date.  A mention worth note is the coupon that will be divided between PS3 and Xbox 360, which will allow the first 100,000 purchasers a discount for Direct TV’s NFL game day package, ten bucks a month off.  One final mention is that the NFL game day package will be available on the PS3 again this year, after a haphazard attempt two seasons ago.

While the big time media surge has yet to come out during the summer months, some fans according to the blogs are on the fence about this year’s edition of Madden. A lot of fans want to see tattoos come back and more player editing. Oh and what ever happened to the trophy room?  Maybe even a little bling or even a player’s mansion, for the career mode.  At the end of the day it is a game isn’t it?

A lot of devoted players and fans are awaiting the big 25th year of Madden…will it be a hit or will the door begin to close on a franchise?