Backbreaker tackles stores June 1

NaturalMotion's long-in-development football game gets $50 price point for 360 and PS3, will let users customize 32 teams down to the logos.

Electronic Arts may have an exclusive agreement with the National Football League until the end of the 2012 season, but that hasn't stopped other publishers from attempting to carve out their own piece of turf in the pro football gaming genre. Unlicensed challengers like All-Pro Football 2K8 and Blitz: The League have come and gone, but a new rookie is set to take the field next month.

Physics-based animation makes the concept of "ankle-breaking jukes" that much uglier.

NaturalMotion today confirmed a June 1 release date and $50 price point for its new unlicensed gridiron sim Backbreaker on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The studio is emphasizing the game's physics-based animation, which makes sense considering NaturalMotion is best known as the purveyor of the Euphoria, Endorphin, and Morpheme tools for in-game animation. The company's middleware has been used in a number of high-profile games like Grand Theft Auto IV and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

Backbreaker re-creates full 11-on-11 football with simulation or arcade-style game modes, training minigames, and adjustable seasons up to 32 games long. The game will also feature customizable teams, allowing users to create players, uniforms, logos, and even end zones. The game saves up to 32 customized squads, which players will be able to take online for multiplayer matches.

The game's rookie season has been a long time coming. Backbreaker has been in development for years, originally being announced in 2007 with a 2008 release date. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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40 comments
ctburesch
ctburesch

you got me sgt brain wizard...

sgtblizzard
sgtblizzard

when does this demo come out for PS3?

sgtblizzard
sgtblizzard

@ctburesch your just saying it sucks cuz you suck at it

ctburesch
ctburesch

The only thing this game will change is how to not make a video game. This game is HORRIBLE...I have never played a worse football, ever. For those who say this will beat Madden..Beat it at what?? Gameplay, fun, a more realistic football game?? NO..After this game sells its 100,000 copies, hate to be the one that said I told you so...

The_MaiN_MeNu
The_MaiN_MeNu

I'm definitely getting this game and boycotting madden. I'm tired of EA's bullcrap.

maverick_76
maverick_76

Awesome, and it's only going to be $50!

sgtblizzard
sgtblizzard

you know i have always wanted to put one set of bleachers on my sidelines, so i could have the poorest looking stadium, but that will probably never happen. :)

Sparty_On
Sparty_On

Backbreacker looks like a good game I will get on June 1. Madden is the best football game out there great game play Madden fan for life.

Philo350
Philo350

What i love about this game what EA doesn't do well, is bring the crowd into the game and also this game gets u closer to the action with the better camera angles. I really hope this game goes really well, cause i would like to see what else they can do with more time and money.

saintsrowCS
saintsrowCS

People care too much about the NFL license, if Madden didn't have it most people who love it probably wouldn't play it. Seems like fanboys want this game to fail, gamers want this game to succeed.

sgtblizzard
sgtblizzard

madden is terrible...this game looks like it could change it all, i am definitely buying this game.

otanikun
otanikun

Looks pretty amazing to me, and I'm not much for sports games in general, but it looks to be more realistic physics wise over Madden. I'll definitely be playing a demo if one is available.

The_crapgamer
The_crapgamer

I wont be buying another NFL or any football game until the 2K games can come back. I'd take even the 989 Gameday and or NFL Fever over this Madden crap.

ilbtits
ilbtits

cant wait to rent it ..hope its the next big football bame sence 2k ..only thing i dont know if i will like is the split screen

Staufenberg09
Staufenberg09

Ive really gotten sick of Madden, hopefully this will be something different.

Slim02
Slim02

2KSports is dead.. Take-Two been losing money on sports games and they do not care.. People think that 2012 2K will rise again.. Wrong! 2KSports been going down the hill for years and has no insight of changing..

ThaGrateOne
ThaGrateOne

I am looking forward to this one. I really hope it is as fun as it looks. Can't wait till 2012 to have 2K back!

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

This games physics look amazing. I just hope the zoomed in view works well enough. If there was ever a game we needed a Demo of before buying it's Backbreaker.

Darkside7972
Darkside7972

EA needs to license NaturalMotion's technology, but instead of using it for Madden, they need to make a new Mutant League Football. One can dream, I suppose...

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Feels like that if you do not have the NFL license, that your football game will not be successful. I will demonstrate that game companies have been going after the wrong license for years for sports games in general and the wasted potential what Blitz series was. National Football League ---> Wookie Football League and there you have saved the sport genre.

syf82277
syf82277

I refuse to buy/play any Madden game, they are horrible. This game should be interesting and hopefully good too. And FINALLY in 2012 2KSports can put out an NFL game that will easily top any Madden game.

Impaler0077
Impaler0077

This game will NOT destroy Madden. Madden is that 1000lb. gorilla in the corner of the room and BB is a little kid in the other corner. What the gorilla doesn't know is that soon that kid will grow up and learn to use a gun, then the gorilla can say goodbye to its head. Madden, currently, is too huge to touch. But once people see this game and try it out they'll eventually abandon Madden and you'll see their sales drop. It will be like what happened with Skate and Tony Hawk.

jxm2010
jxm2010

Im a Madden Fan but I cant lie I CANT NOT WAIT FOR THIS GAME! This could be the start of something great... The Game King, JXM

ubercomp
ubercomp

The $50 price point is interesting... I wish we'd see more of this kind of competition surrounding different types of games.

DeltaSpirit
DeltaSpirit

Even if this is NaturalMotions first attempt at a football game expectation are high so I hope Backbreaker at least has good controls, gameplay, sells well to have more installments or at the very least make Madden set up their game.

RedHawk4
RedHawk4

A game that's different than Madden and features tackles that are never the same? I'm willing to try it...hope everyone else is as well. EA needs competition for Madden to improve.

DKHardee
DKHardee

@RockySquirrel Why complain about in game ads? To me it adds to the realism of an actual broadcast.

shloobonya
shloobonya

Well since the players can't resemble their real-life counterparts, the teams can't look like the real NFL teams, and the Stadiums can't be the real stadiums, but you can customize everything, it looks like you will have to buy this game, and then make everything yourself, or you could just buy Madden and have all the leg-work already done for you with PROVEN gameplay, I'm all for a good new football game, but I need real NFL otherwise it quickly loses my interest.

Colin1192
Colin1192

kinda short notice on the release date. I dont see it doing too well, none of these non licensed games do

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

Finally a real football game!!! Please don't let me down!!

XBD247
XBD247

All the Madden haters that are hoping this title is the most amazing thing ever are going to be disappointed. It has some decent ideas, but the gameplay and character models look like they were taken out of Blitz; which isnt a bad game but this just isnt going to be the destroyer of Madden you are all begging for.

deathstream
deathstream

I hope this sells well enough that the NFL reconsiders its EA exclusivity when the time comes.

Trogeton
Trogeton

this looks like it can be good

Alan1187
Alan1187

3 years, better not suck... Probably will end up with some horrid control because they don't wanna be like madden or something.

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

More power to 'em... just avoid the corny Madden menu screens and keep the in-game ads away.

thorughfire
thorughfire

How much you guys wanna bet that everything else about the game sucks besides the customization and tackling? Anyone...

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

pretty cool to have a game where you can customize everything down to the logo. im game!!!!!! seems pretty fun

dmw1906
dmw1906

This is a game that I am cautiously optimistic about. I am just about tired of Madden...yearning for the days of 2k football...so maybe...just maybe this will come together. Here's hoping!!!