Madden NFL 12 kicks off August 30

EA Sports delivering annual installment in pro gridiron sim irrespective of possible NFL lockout this year.

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For the past couple of years, EA Sports has kicked off the game industry's busy fall schedule with the release of Madden NFL during the second week of August. Not so this year, as EA Sports president Peter Moore confirmed at an event in San Francisco last night that Madden NFL 12 will be available for platforms that include the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, and Wii on August 30.

Madden NFL 12 may have a date, but it still has no screenshots.

The release date comes despite an ongoing dispute between the league and its players' association that could result in a cancellation of this year's season. According to Moore, irrespective of a season-long lockout, Madden NFL 12 will be released on its announced date.

One of the primary concerns of the NFL-NFLPA negotiations--player safety--will still be seen in Madden NFL 12 in other ways. Last month, EA Sports confirmed that player concussions will factor more importantly into this year's installment. Specifically, if a player is concussed in-game, he will be benched for the remainder of the bout.

EA is currently polling fans to see which football star should appear in Madden NFL 12 through its official website. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

151 comments
anthonycg
anthonycg

@awetzel Darn you PC gamers and your common sense.

anthonycg
anthonycg

So it's like Madden 11 - 2 since absolutely nothing has changed in the NFL. Oh wait this is Madden so that won't be a problem.... I'm so crazy guys don't pay attention to me.

lazycomplife
lazycomplife

This time you get better graphicx and updated teamz and the featurez u luv but we took away but we will give it back but then take something away. Don't worry u will get it back just keep giving us munnyz, k? TYVM!!

laplace985
laplace985

EA Sports confirmed that player concussions will factor more importantly into this year's installment lol. Got to love the madden team. They been milking that old cow for a long time. Madden 06 re released in 2011 with roster updates. I bet the DLC is already finished lmao.

CJ45_
CJ45_

Lockout 12 will be great with Peyton Hillis on the cover.

awetzel
awetzel

By the way dont expect another PC version ever. They started losing money in PC because people stopped buying the new versions. I mean why would you? All the new versions ever gave you were roster updates which Modders made much more accurately and new menu's and music. Everything else has pretty much stayed the same. So they switched to console exclusive where they control the rosters and moke the game unmoddable forcing people to by each new useless installment.

awetzel
awetzel

It will be Madden 11 Repackaged which was 10 repackaged which was 9 repackaged which was 8 repackaged. See a pattern ??

KPMaker
KPMaker

Hey EA, how about incorporating some common sense and allowing the defensive player to play from the defensive point of view instead of this 15 year long annoying “Offensive Only” camera angle. Actually just allow the player to adjust the camera angle at any 360 degree view just like a RTS; far away, close up, either side line like Tecmo Bowl, offense or defense. I might actually consider buying my 1st Madden game in what 9-10 years now. Lol

HiramJ866
HiramJ866

breaking news: some lame company has decided to make another boring *** shooter the game is called Crysis in the BattleField: The Call of Resistance Modern Warfare 3. Coming Soon. pre-order today and get some lame gun & rocket launcher to use online against your friends. pre-order now

creed20056969
creed20056969

This game is gonna blow just like the rest cuz they care more about everything else and gameplay is ALWAYS last. Again, they are focusing on graphics and presentation when GAMEPLAY needs to be fixed first cuz its HORRIBLE

thehivemine
thehivemine

Make it better than Madden 11 please......also isnt releasing Madden 12 slightly pointless until we know if theres going to actually be a season this year?

HiramJ866
HiramJ866

breaking news: some lame company has decided to make another boring *** shooter the game is called Crysis in the BattleField: The Call of Resistance Modern Warfare 3. Coming Soon. pre-order today and get some lame gun & rocket launcher to use online against your friends. pre-order now.agree

oneligas
oneligas

Madden 2012 + NFL Lockout = no need to worry about roster updates

JJMIZZY
JJMIZZY

@ohjtbehaaave Dude, I had not heard that about Ian Cummings leaving! You just made my day! Good riddance to that mutt. That's step 1 out of the way. Step 2: Kill the exclusivity deal. Once the latter is done we may actually have a shot at a decent NFL game.

S1THL0RD777
S1THL0RD777

im sorry but i lost interest in madden after madden 10. nothing changes in terms of gameplay. they just change the main menu and the songs. sorry ea, but youll never be able to top nfl 2k5:)

HiramJ866
HiramJ866

@baystatethrashr breaking news: some lame company has decided to make another boring *** shooter the game is called Crysis in the BattleField: The Call of Resistance Modern Warfare 3. Coming Soon. pre-order today and get some lame gun & rocket launcher to use online against your friends. pre-order now.

kytomasi
kytomasi

Nothing new. no point in getting 12 if you have 11 lol. oh oh wait. 3D Grass is new.. that is all

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@JJMikhail You are correct. I haven't put 1 dollar towards the franchise since the NFL exclusivity. Keep in mind for the first few Maddens, I got my entire dorm to be involved in a league that I kept stats on in my Laptop. I made schedules, had team stats, individual stats. Until the MONOPOLY passes, I won't buy it. Sorry Madden, it's not me, it's you.

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

Now I know that they spend a lot of time on these games but why cant they make an actual nice looking crowd. Even if they cut and pasted it on EA's other sport games?

HiramJ866
HiramJ866

Can not wait already pre-ordered right along side NCAA Football 12 and WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2012. To all your haters out there. what elese are you gonna play that week ? While most of you haters out there will be playing your mindless shooters like Resistance 3 witch comes out 2 weeks after madden and Gears of War 3 witch comes out 4 weeks after madden. i'll still be playing madden while the rest of you are get bord shooting stuff amd are getting ready to move to a different game i'll be still playing madden all the time saving my money while you guys go out and spend your money,...boy no wonder you kids today are always broke.

JJMikhail
JJMikhail

@PixelAddict Then why do those who whinge so much in life still buy it year after year when a demo or independent reviews or rentals are enough to convince one or the other to buy the game? Don't understand one's logic when it comes to complaining, EA are NOT forcing you to spend your money.

fredwv
fredwv

nice music... coming to a theater near you in summer 2011... Madden 12.

fredwv
fredwv

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tomservo51
tomservo51

I miss the 2k series. Isn't EA's agreement with the players assoc almost over?! PLEASE!!

ParisSun
ParisSun

The biggest rip off in gaming history. A game where they brush up the graphics and tweak the game play very little from game to game. If you think about the amount of money this company makes off of this game, Madden should be a graphics king and on the cutting edge of gameplay.

stalin_ksa
stalin_ksa

The Madden franchise is the most expensive patch you can have.

DesertLynx83
DesertLynx83

One has to wonder how well it'll do if the season ends up getting canceled.

frogfromarz
frogfromarz

Boring!!! I guess im not a football game anytime soon until someone other than EA makes the game hopefully 2K games

diduseethatduck
diduseethatduck

The only game to do football better than Madden was the secret football sim hidden in Halo: Reach. Now, THAT was football. J-E-T-S

garcia_jx
garcia_jx

I'm not surprised at all. Even if football was cancelled, EA would continue making Madden NFL games.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@packers91 Your team already won the Super Bowl. Don't get all whiny on us now. You don't want your boy on the cover anyways... because the cover means he'll get smacked around and his concussion-itis will leave him staring off even more vacantly than he already does.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@JJMikhail Um.. it sells well because it's the ONLY NFL game!

petemig
petemig

Madden sucks...who cares. They can release it whenever they want, it'll be the same game as last year and the year before and the year before with a new cover athlete, some new canned animations and roster update. EA and the NFL ruined video game football.

cajunstrike
cajunstrike

Agreed. It bears repeating: The lack of NFL-licensed competition allows Electronic Arts to be less than motivated to innovate. The situation is certainly different for their non-exclusive NBA-licensed offering.

BessenStock
BessenStock

Here's my I-don't-care-about-roster-updates face. : |

redskins2156
redskins2156

Sweet new roster update August 12th, but I really don't wanna spend $60 on it.

blackace
blackace

The last Madden I own is Madden 10 and I haven't even played it much. I have no plans of getting 2012 edition. I might get NCAA this year. EA really need to do some reboots on these games like they are doing with SSX. I know NBA Elite was a fairly, but at least they are trying with that series. Same needs to be down with Madden & Fifa. NHL I think is fine.

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

Let's boycott this sh*t this year! Who's with me?

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

I hope this game does well; I'd like to see a sequel, maybe some time next year.

ck02623
ck02623

This doesn't exactly make them look good from a PR standpoint; a lot of people accuse them or rehashing material every year for $60 and releasing another game even if there's no NFL could solidify this in some people's minds.

dipsetboy17
dipsetboy17

lol i never ever liked madden in my entire life. never saw the appeal of something i can do in real life like football. i like fantasy games more.(the funny thing is people expect me to like it because i'm a black dude lol)

JJMikhail
JJMikhail

@valcrist09 It sells well because it's a good game.

Nozizaki
Nozizaki

And what about the 3DS? EA has yet to even say if it really will continue producing games on it.

Punisher197
Punisher197

Oh great, emphasis on concussions! Now there will be even more injuries to disrupt the game! This isn't realistic. You've added another way to bog down an already watered down game. I love football but I don't love mediocre features in recycled games.