Head Coach going solo, Ryan covering PS3 NCAA

Following "surprising" amount of feedback, EA Sports will offer NFL coaching sim stand-alone for 360, PS3 on Sept. 2; BC QB covering Sony console edition of college pigskin.

EA Sports is constructing one heck of an elaborate trick play for the latest installment of NFL Head Coach. Benched after a modest performance following the 2006 season, EA said in February that it would be giving the coaching sim another go this year, with Super Bowl XLI-winning Colts chief Tony Dungy fronting the cover. Dungy cover duties were promptly called into question a month later, when EA said that NFL Head Coach 09 would only be available as part of the Madden NFL 09's 20th-anniversary $90 collector's edition bundle, available August 12.

Aspiring virtual skippers were apparently none too happy about the compulsory purchase of Madden NFL to receive Head Coach 09, a fact EA Sports president Peter Moore noted yesterday in his company blog. "I have to admit, even I was surprised by how much feedback we've gotten the past few weeks since we announced it as a featured item of our Madden Collector's edition," said Moore.

As such, EA has said that in addition to being packed in with the $90 Madden bundle, NFL Head Coach will also be offered as a stand-alone product on September 2. Available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the game will retail for $49.99.

In related EA Sports football news, the publisher also took the wraps off of the NCAA Football 09 cover athlete for the PS3 edition of the game. With Arkansas tailback Darren McFadden named to the Xbox 360 game, EA said today that Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan will grace the PS3 edition of NCAA Football 09. Now awaiting the 2008 draft, Ryan finished his career at BC as the school's all-time leader in pass completions, and was named the ACC's offensive player of the year in 2007. The NCAA Football 09 season kicks off July 15 on and will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, and Wii.

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EaglePride25
EaglePride25

i got the first head coach when it came out and it wasnt all that bad. very addicting. and that new madden video that came out looks pretty good too. im pumped and im marking my calender for august 12th.

unrealgogetr
unrealgogetr

Lets see $90 bucks for two games and $110 for 1 game the wait till september for something I could have bought together with the 2. Way to go EA I dont want 2 spend 20 extra bucks and wait like 3 weeks for a game that I could have gotten 3 weeks earlyer and Cheaper

ghost867
ghost867

Way to high-ball us EA. Unless the game has a substantial amount of content, it's only worth $40.

Dreski83
Dreski83

I would have been a little more pleased to see a $40 price, but I'll take that as a nudge to hopefully robust content :roll:

Myzz617
Myzz617

I hear you on the MADDEN TIP!!! They going to have a SE or something of some sort i bet

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Already pre-ordered NCAA 09 for the Xbox360!:D

Karmacodelc18
Karmacodelc18

Hm. Matt Ryan eh? Hes gonna end up in Baltimore or something what a waste of his talent.

Obliterati
Obliterati

Nice to see EA reacting to input from their customers. I guess if we make enough noise, even the evil corporate overlords have to pay attention.

djkearse36
djkearse36

weird, I NEED MORE MADDEN INFORMATION!

crippla87
crippla87

Make that 60 whoopers my friend.

enoslives7
enoslives7

EA is worthless. They rehash the same crappy game every year and expect people to dish out 50.00 bucks.

taj7575
taj7575

nobody gives a crap who covers, for all i care it could just be a cover saying NCAA FOOTBALL 09 with no pic of anyone. i just want a good college football game, which EA sadly cannot make without putting a bunch of bugs and unfinished gameplay into it. MAKE A GOOD FREAKING FOOTBALL GAME. PLEASE!

thebeast619
thebeast619

good to see the ps3 and 360 to have differnt cover althetes

halosniper52
halosniper52

I will be buying Madden NFL 09's collector's edition even tho im not sure head coach will be any good I will give it a try.

aznhayato7
aznhayato7

I think Darren McFadden is the better cover athlete.

DeltaSpirit
DeltaSpirit

I'm still waiting for a game where you can play as an NHL linesman, Video goal judge or NFL ref, chain gang maybe an NBA ref with betting mini games

theycallmeryan
theycallmeryan

I'll buy the better deal, Madden 09 and Head Coach 09 for just $90.

THA-TODD-BEAST
THA-TODD-BEAST

At least EA is starting to listen to the players more. You guys remember how they changed the unlock system for BF: Bad Company due to complaints? Maybe they're changing for the better? Who knows. I sure hope so!

ccputgat2m
ccputgat2m

hey specialed, the combo price was 90, the normal madden price, 60, so i subtracted and came up with 30. in the article it says 49.99, 50 - 30 =20. so its 20 more as a stand alone. :) iam so smart

NeleNel
NeleNel

Good call for EA to offer it seperately, but i don't really know many people who are gonna buy just Head Coach and not Madden. Does make the collector's edition sound a bit better though.

Faramir82
Faramir82

Congrats to Matty Ice for the cover. I don't know about anybody but he's been on the cover of my NCAA for the past 2 years. I'll be making another custom cover for my 360 version with Matt Ryan on it.

specialed
specialed

ccputgat2m, really? I didnt know the price was already determined for the Head coach game. Where did you get this classified info from?

ccputgat2m
ccputgat2m

packaged, the game was 30 bucks, separately its 50? I never knew the box, instructions, and disc cost $20

thadude85
thadude85

@miniscruff no point in doing what? buying the game for both systems or....owning both systems?

miniscruff
miniscruff

Zabransky was a great cover choice. Boise State thrilled the nation the entire year and played the greates football game in history. As for this 5 cover athlete thing... eh. Who cares? It's not like other games that offer different thing that make you want to buy multiple copies. I'm getting the game 360 for achievements and because it will run the best. I own the other systems but there is no point in doing this. I have seen the first gameplay video of NCAA 09 and it looks amazing. They have fixed (hopefully) most of the issues that bogged last year's down.

MFazio23
MFazio23

@FallenOneX Just so you've seen someone that does, I've been wanting a new version of Head Coach for a little while now. It was actually a fun game, but had some major issues.

Antaeus1991
Antaeus1991

This game doesn't sound like my kind of thing and its an EA game so if I was to buy it, I would expect a rushed game with more than likely poor gameplay quality.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

I'm going to call BS on this one. While I don't know everyone that every played the game, no one I know wanted a sequel. In fact they petitioned EA to CHANGE the packin "extra" for something else. That's a great way to build up hype for something no one was willing to pay for in the first place. And what's the deal with 2 cover athletes? Trying to see if a version sells better because of the person on front? How many readers here know someone stupid enough to think that with two different covers, that they are going to get two different games when they buy both copies?

AZisBack
AZisBack

I'm going to get Head Coach with the Madden collector's edition. But it is good to offer it separately now.

okassar
okassar

Lol,that sounds like it could be an obsessive game,especially if you are into football and know all the players.I think I'll buy it.It'll definitely do good on both the 360 and the PS3.I hope it has good online play because I like all the games I buy to be able to work well with Xbox Live.Same with PS Online.Looks like an interesting game.

Foleman
Foleman

At least we know these two are getting drafted. Still can't figure out who's bright idea Zabransky was.

hightower8655
hightower8655

Where's the love for Jake Long? He has official gone number 1!

hunter8man
hunter8man

Good to hear that fans came out and said something about that potential screw job. I kinda suspected that Matt Ryan was going to be on one of the covers. He's probably been more talked about as the best overall player in this draft more than McFadden has.

ocdog45
ocdog45

good choice for the ps3.