Tag:Madden 12
Posted on: April 13, 2011 6:53 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2011 7:04 pm

Madden 12 release date moved back to August 30

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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Category: NFL
Posted on: April 11, 2011 7:50 pm

Madden 12 cover voting down to 4 players

Posted by Will Brinson

The Madden 12 cover voting has moved on to another round, and now there are only four athletes remaining as possible jinx cover candidates.

Michael Vick, Adrian Peterson, Peyton Hillis and Aaron Rodgers remain with two rounds of voting to be held. (You can vote on Facebook should you be so inclined.)

Vick, who defeated Patrick Willis last round, and Rodgers, who took out Danny Woodhead, are the biggest favorites to make the cover.

Hillis is the definition of a darkhorse, as before the season started, the idea of him gracing America's favorite football game seemed, well, it didn't seem like anything, because it wasn't even a possibility.

Peterson could certainly win, although it's interesting that he reportedly turned down a chance to appear on the cover previously.

If I've got to guess, based on popularity, I think that Vick ends up netting his second cover -- he was on as an Atlanta Falcon -- by squeaking past Rodgers in the final.

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