Take this strictly as a rumour until any official confirmation comes through, but it appears that Microsoft may be working on an officially-licensed NFL football title that will be exclusive to Xbox One and Windows 10. Should the rumour prove to be true, we're hearing that the title will debut at E3 and launch shortly after in mid-July. The name? Joe Montana NFL Football 16.
We've done some digging, and it appears that (as everyone knows) EA had an exclusive license to use NFL likenesses, jerseys, insignias, and the like .What everyone seems to have missed though, is that the deal was renewed up to the end of 2013. There's no doubt that EA still has a license and that more Madden is on the cards of course, but there are serious questions being asked about whether or not that license is an exclusive one. When asked on Twitter at the start of last year, EA Sports COO Peter Moore dodged questions over exclusivity, and the word "exclusive" hasn't appeared in any related documents that we could find from 2014 onwards.
Plus, with Microsoft cutting a five-year, $400 million deal with the NFL to make the Microsoft Surface tablet the "official tablet of the NFL" there's already a working relationship between the two parties.
A forum poster by the name of MisterFootballSF over at OperationSports who claims to be familiar with the project, is stating that in some quantity, 2K Sports is involved, and the game is a realistic, Madden-like title, as opposed to an arcade game. A "franchise" mode will apparently play a part, which will be manageable from mobile devices. A story mode along the lines of the NBA 2k series' "My Player" mode is being touted. The poster goes on to say that the game was built specifically for this generation of consoles, meaning that the animations and the like are "going to make Madden look like a PS1 game."
Hyperbole, sure. But apparently, the game has been demoed and many people are locked under a non-disclosure agreement to prevent them from talking about it.
The thing is though, that a few bits are starting to creep out...
Not only that, but Joe Montana himself retweeted this back in December...
And developer Damon Grow (who's Twitter bio shows him as working for "Super Secret Sports Company") tweeted this....
So, what was indeed nothing but a forum post, is starting to gain a little bit of credibility, once you take a look back through the breadcrumbs...
With Microsoft looking to close the gap in the current-gen sales race, a genre-defining NFL football title could be just the sort of thing to kick sales up a notch, don't you think? With Madden NFL 15 shipping over 5 million units, only a quarter of which were on Xbox One, there's plenty of sales to play for.
We'll bring you all the info just as soon as any of it is confirmed.
Competition is always good for the industry. It's unfortunate if you have a PS4 though, as you'll be stuck with Madden. I was never into sports games to begin with, but it looks like MS has secured another exclusive.
While it seems obvious there is a Joe Montana game in the works, I would take a random forum post with a lot of salt... That is where all the exclusivity and wild details come from.
It wasn't even a respected member of the forum as most of the members there don't even believe him.
@TylerTreese Oh...even better. We will see. One thing's for sure, and that's that Madden's gonna have to shape up if it wants to stay relevant.
@Vincent294 I hope its true (well, maybe not the exclusive part ) but yeah. Would nice to see a major game take shot at Madden again. Competition brings out the best of both series.
I hope so. I'm tired of Madden games coming out every year with minimal improvements, plus the fact that they're my only option for a new NFL video game. EPSN NFL 2K5 was more realistic than the current Madden game in my opinion (and I'm alright with sports game that aren't realistic, but when the game claiming to be so realistic comes out every year with few changes and is less realistic than a game from ten years ago, that's when I have a problem). While I don't know if this would be better or not than Madden, there's at least hope that it will be.
Was more looking for an MLB game, but okay.
No NFL Fever 2015?
I have always preferred the 2k football games over madden. It was a real shame when when EA snagged that exclusive deal.
It would be great if this turns out to be true.
I'm a NHL fan, I think NFL is very boring From what I hear, a lot of people haven't been liking Madden games lately so this could be a good move for Microsoft.
@ryanator008 Same here. Xbox One definitely needs a mlb game similar to "The Show" and not RBI Baseball '15
@hydeks Madden games are fine. People just like to complain.
@TylerTreese Madden is awful and has been for many, many, years. I agree with @hydeks. Was never better than the NF2K games and EA just bought the license for years because they knew it.
Add "Sports Talk" to the title and I'm sold!
Also, Joe Montana tweeted out a screen shot, so there might be some truth to the rumour.
I'd rather Microsoft invest in a baseball game.
Agreed. I would like to see a new NFL game like the the 2K series.
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