Posted by Will Brinson
Those pining for any professional football, real or otherwise, suffered a blow on Wednesday, when EA Sports announced that they've changed the Madden 12 release date to August 30th.
Typically, the game is released in the first week of August, so this is a pretty serious change. One could effectively surmise that such a change has something to do with the current NFL labor situation.
However, EA Sports spokesman Rob Semsey says the two events are unrelated.
"[The lockout] had no impact in the decision," Semsey said. "This is a long term approach in wanting to align the launch of Madden NFL to the start of the NFL regular season. Not just this year, but in future years as well."
The NFL's slated to kick off on September 8, so it means that many players won't get as much time to check their virtual skills with their new teams as they'll (hopefully) be constructed in 2011.
But this also safeguards the folks at EA Sports against a free agency and draft-signing issue; even though the change in date isn't about labor situation, should there be a late-happening free-agency period, EA should be well-prepared for any movement in time to get the rosters fully updated before the season starts.
Of course, the beauty of video-gaming these days can bypass that problem anyway -- before the internet existed like it does today, having a labor situation crop up before free agents moved around or draft picks were signed would have been an utter disaster for the many people that play Madden.
Nowadays, weekly roster updates can solve that problem pretty quickly.
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