PC gamers get the shaft again - it was announced yesterday that Madden 09 will ship on every major platform except the PC. This is no April Fool's joke, people - EA Sports claims that "serious business challenges" are preventing them from being able to produce a PC version of the uber-popular - and only officially licensed - NFL game. It's also worth mentioning that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Madden franchise - and the Xbox 360 and PS3 are getting special anniversary editions. While I'd like everyone to read the entire entry, I need to quote part of EA Sports President Peter Moore's blog -
"We knew that our decision to not develop this year’s Madden for the PC would be an unpopular decision in some circles. But I’ll reiterate what I said a couple of weeks ago in this space…the PC presents some very serious business challenges to us in the sports category, particularly because so many of you all are playing your favorite sports games on the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii. We are committed to shipping a limited number of our games on the PC this year, but we’ve also had to cut a few of our games from the platform. We do have ideas for how to revitalize the PC for sports games and the types of games that are best suited to the platform, and we’ll continue to explore those."
Some circles? Perhaps Peter means "everyone who plays Madden on their PC". I'm also curious what other blockbuster franchises EA Sports intends to trim from its roster. The most incredible thing in the above quote is the part about how EA Sports has ideas about how they can revitalize the PC for sports games - it is absolutely impossible to make things better by not releasing games. Period.