Published on June 28th, 2012 | by Shopmaster8
What’s the Future of the Madden Franchise?
No matter if you just don’t like EA SPORTS or you are mad about things that have been taken out of the Madden NFL Franchise this year, I think we can all agree that things are always changing with them. Now some of us like me feel like this development team in particular have an actual vision for this franchise and a plan on how this franchise will proceed in the future.
I can honestly say that before I never really felt like they had a plan, that I never knew what they were going to do next year. I’ve always came to that next year surprised at what they’ve done. This time around though I’ve already have had talks with developers of Madden NFL 13 and what they are already working on for 14 and beyond. Those types of interactions with devs never took place in my previous visits to the EA Studios in Tiburon. I was never confident that those people would even be in the same position that they were in before, but I feel really good about the team that they have put together right now. I really like Vic Lugo (Designer of the Infinity Engine) and had a lot of time to talk to him and he has shared some of the ideas he’s been working on for the future of Madden and they are things we’ve all been asking for. Things that are breakthroughs that us hardcore gamers are looking for. He’s shown them to me, had me try things out, had me give my suggestions and feedback on those things. I can’t guarantee that everyone will love Madden NFL 13 or Madden NFL 14, but I am confident that whatever product they put out if judged unbiasedly will be the best version on that console. What I mean is Madden 13 is going to be better than 12. Madden 14 is going to be better than 13 and future Madden games will be better than the one before even when switched to the new console. My only fear for this franchise is that guys move on and this team doesn’t stay in tact. I think the addition of former MLB: The Show Producer Kolbe Launchbaugh will pay off big dividends next year. I’ve talked to him and he has some real high ambitions for the future of the franchise.
In the following video, I got a chance to talk with Madden NFL 13 Executive Producer Roy Harvey and his vision. Check out what he thinks about the future of the franchise.