EA Sports serves up tennis franchise

Vancouver studio developing MotionPlus-compatible sports game to debut on Wii next year; other platform versions to follow.

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While Electronic Arts is known for a robust lineup of sports games spanning the gamut from pro football to rugby, the publisher hasn't dabbled in the world of tennis since the days of the Sega Genesis. That will change next year, as EA today announced at the Leipzig Games Convention that its Vancouver-based EA Canada studio is working on a new tennis franchise for release next year.

The still-unnamed series will debut on the Wii, where it will support Nintendo's Wii MotionPlus attachment in order to improve the motion-sensing hardware's accuracy. Versions of the game for other platforms will trail the Wii edition's launch.

In keeping with EA history, the publisher has also obtained a bit of exclusivity for the game. The EA Sports-branded tennis game will be the only video game to feature the All England Lawn Tennis Club, site of the Wimbledon Championships. The game will also include a selection of past and present tennis greats for players to play as or against.

Discussion

16 comments
nehe
nehe

Hope these two versions are extremely different I'm expecting big things from EA for the xbox360 Version and Ps3 Hope it beats both Topspin3 and VT3... if there aren't any real pros forget it lol

dark_being
dark_being

Sports games are not for me. When I feel like playing a sport, I go outside :)

BraveArc
BraveArc

Top spin has 3 grand slams. I guess more people would rather get this

ctg867
ctg867

Well given the fact that, per what Game Informer has said, NO DEVELOPER outside of Nintendo new ANYTHING about the Wii Motion Plus OR Wii Speak, it's not surprising that only the first announcement relating to just one of these devices is made weeks after E3 is over and the hardware is announced. And this is the second biggest third party in gaming. Big mistake Nintendo. Don't burn the third parties. No matter how well you sell, don't even burn the third parties. They're not too crazy about that.

xcollector
xcollector

Wow! EA is at it again by slowly buying up the Tennis franchise. No sport is safe anymore regardless of how unpopular it may be.

Androvinus
Androvinus

EA finally does tennis, I hope its good

Proman84
Proman84

About time. Hope this one's good and innovative.

PMG_HART
PMG_HART

HEY LOOK GUYS ITS AN EA SPORTS TENNIS GAME..fast forward 364 days AND ANOTHER fast forward 364 days AND ANOTHER...get the trend? EA puts out a game each year but it turns out to be all flash and all broken. Just ask anyone that has Madden or Head Coach 09. Oh wait... I have them (stupid me)

crazymaghie123
crazymaghie123

Yeah you're right, because they buy all the rights so there is no competition

eric1044
eric1044

EA MAKES THE BEST SPORTS GAMES. not even an argument.

crazymaghie123
crazymaghie123

Crap, so thats why top spin 3 didn't have wimbledon...based on the nature of the atp and its world wide influence I doubt we would see any exclusive tennis games but who knows it Evil Empire..

gnbfd
gnbfd

Cool. WiiMotion Plus tennis... I can see it now...

VolcanoMan001
VolcanoMan001

Great, here we go. It won't be long until they are the ONLY tennis game maker as well.

VolcanoMan001
VolcanoMan001

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DarqFlare
DarqFlare

If only EA's exclusivity contracts required that they put out great games each year... Another one bites the dust, 'ey?