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Upcoming Madden NFL Arcade Destroying EA From Within

by Jeff Cork on Oct 14, 2009 at 03:47 AM

Internal forces at EA Tiburon are conspiring against workplace productivity, and the company actually seems OK with it, consequences be damned. “We have diehard Madden fans who have worked on the franchise for a decade, and more casual gamers who are all playing together and enjoying it,” says marketing director Nathan Stewart. “If our productivity the past few weeks is any indication, we’ve created a game that everyone will love.”

Just what is this “it” that a completely unbiased marketing type says that people are enjoying? EA has today announced Madden NFL Arcade, a five-on-five football game that’s heading to the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade this December for $14.99 (1,200 Microsoft Points). The game features 32 NFL teams, home stadiums and “pure adrenaline football,” according to the official announcement. What is pure adrenaline football? Players have four downs to cross 60 yards, without worrying about penalties or field goals. There are also special Game Changer moves that mix up the action, allowing players to freeze opponents, turn off their passing icons or add more linemen to the field.

Madden NFL Arcade is the second reimaging of an EA-licensed sport, following February’s NHL Arcade. That leads to one and only one question: Where’s our Fight Night Arcade? If it never comes, we’ll blame Madden and its productivity-sucking ways.