NFL Head Coach exclusive to Madden bundle

Gridiron management sim will be available only as part of a $90 bundle with Electronic Arts' 20th anniversary collector's edition of Madden NFL 09.

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Last month, Electronic Arts announced that it was working on NFL Head Coach 09 and that the game would star Indianapolis Colts skipper Tony Dungy on the cover. Now it seems the game might not have a cover for Dungy to grace.

EA today revealed that NFL Head Coach 09 will be available only as part of the Madden NFL 09 20th Anniversary Collector's Edition, a premium-priced bundle for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 that will also include Madden NFL 09 and assorted bonus video content. The $89.99 package will go on sale in North America alongside the stand-alone versions of Madden NFL 09 on the just-announced release date of August 12.

Besides giving players two different takes on the popular American pastime, the latest installments of Madden NFL and NFL Head Coach will interact with one another. EA is letting players draw up plays in the stat-heavy management sim and export them to Madden for use in custom playbooks.

Both Madden NFL 09 and NFL Head Coach 09 are being developed by EA's Tiburon studio in Orlando, Florida.

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mangepenge
mangepenge

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white_jaguar
white_jaguar

this will be my first next gen sports game. I will get the bundle. I don't think all the madden haters will affect EA. They got a product set in stone that is indeed dwindling and aging, but scores of fans will still flock to the product. PS: I got madden 08 on ps2 and I hated it too.

garrettide
garrettide

What! No release for the PC? I have really enjoyed the original HC and was excited when I heard that they were releasing a new version. Then I find out that I have to buying Madden to get it. Okay, I hate arcade sport sims cuz I suck at them but It might have been worth the $50 premium to play a game I enjoy. Only on next gen consoles? That is the long bomb into not worth it territory. Maybe EA will release it for PC later. I can always hope.

myrtlebeach
myrtlebeach

YES!!!! finally i always say that people need custom playbooks!!!!! mainly cause i am somewhat run-heavy, and have started getting into passing the ball around, and the chargers dont have a 5 wr set.

bigdc
bigdc

EA does suck, but madden 08 was great. now you get a coaching game for 30 dollers. that is sweet. about the only thing that they can do to make madden better is halftime shows and on field interviews. thats not a very long list.

deadlynatas
deadlynatas

it should be nice for the madden a little change up i suppose

derren22
derren22

i cant wait until this game comes out

granddogg
granddogg

I don,t like ea, but there is no way i can say this is bad!! I mean if you don,t want head coach don't buy the bundle if you want them both then this is for you... And why be so hard on EA about there football because all-pro2k8 is not the best they both have there ups & downs...

BigDRunnin
BigDRunnin

EA does suck...I still can't believe they call it a "football Sim" when I can run up the gut and the tackling animation gets me 5-7 yards everytime...horrible. Lets just bomb it to devin hester everytime and complete a pass...horrible, or play online when everyone is either the patriots or the colts...horrible. I wont buy this game until there is open competition again. PS...I returned madden 08 after a week from buying it because its a piece of garbage

Clogeta
Clogeta

Was anyone really thinking when they were commenting negatively? Pretty much everyone who will buy Head Coach will buy Madden as well so this actually comes as a discount considering they could sell them both separately. If you don't like Head Coach then don't get it...that simple. For those of us that do want it, it's a simple $30 add-on along with the other game it interacts with.

HellaFatCat
HellaFatCat

this is GREAT!!! i can import my playbook into a franchise mode that will never get past season 1.... W00000ooooooooOOOOOOooo.... you'd think after letting madden fans down in so many ways with madden08. they'd at least throw this crappy add on game for free.. EA is horrible, and as they take over all the other gaming companies, we all will get to enjoy a state of mediocraty in gaming standards.. way to go EA.. way to squeeze another couple of bucks out of your customers and fanbase

Flaming_Spoon
Flaming_Spoon

Well bummer lol, that collectors edition shouldn't do too well if thats the only thing they are offering. Ill be pickin up madden through my University of Missouri EA rep for free :D

gepet0
gepet0

I think disguising a game as a collectors bundle is lame. Is this the only way head coach can sell? What is next? Ea Please quit.

taj7575
taj7575

thx GANGSTA, and yeh i hearted madden 05 as my last fav madden out. i still like 2k5 better tho. and thx for the compliment

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Wait, so that means Wii owners don't get to own Head coach '09? And they said there was no benefit to having such an underpowered system.......

GANGSTA287
GANGSTA287

taj7575 - lol... I like the 1984 reference, yeah I think even old die-hard Madden Fans like myself are getting really turned off by EA... I'm just going to keep playing Madden 05 on my PS2 until EA gets their act-together again (which may be never)...

taj7575
taj7575

i remember reading this book called 1984 by george orwell. in the book this imaginary character named "big brother" owned oceana. he lied to all the normal people and did lies to make them love him. for example, he would cut the "chocolate ration" people of oceana used to get weekly. Then 2 weeks later, he would put the chocolate ration back to normal, BUT announced that he put more for the good of the people. the stupid people believed him. this is what EA is doing to its coustomers, striping things out, then putting it back in next year trying to look great....u guys are fools EA.....

SteelRush
SteelRush

Has everyone noticed how features keep getting silenty stripped from Madden? Now you know why. They've been collecting them to try and fleece their customers for two purchases a year, that should have been included in a single game. Here's hoping Backbreaker turns out to be a good game, and not the rubbish APF 2k8 was.

ripdareaper92
ripdareaper92

I love Madden I think it is the best football game ever made period, but Head Coach was horrible and now EA is just trying to force feed us Head Coach just to make it sell. I might buy it just for the extra content but when August 12 come, I'm defintely getting Madden 09, whether it be stand alone or not.

wakko19991
wakko19991

Not only are they (EA) packaging this game with MAdden since it likley wouldn't sell and making people pay for it, it also seems like they are desperate for filling in the so called extra content on this over hyped 20th edition or whatever they are calling it... I used to play Madden in the early 90's and thought it was good then. The next gen iterations are a rip off. I remember when they dropped madden on the next gen systems they pretty much dropped a majority of the features that had built into the franchise over the years and turned around and charged $60. They basically did a reset on the feature list so they could come back the follwong year and tout all the 'new' stuff that was added that was in fact already in the previous generation. Man they make me sick to my stomach with this Madden machine, really.

maximus02
maximus02

yes only available in a 90 dollar bundle....until people start trading it in seperately to gamestop

PhatAndy
PhatAndy

Patrick Willis needs to be on the cover of Madden 09

Triton
Triton

Makes me wonder, does anyone keep or play two real new years of Madden? It has all these features and things to do in the off season, but does anyone just play 1 season and then save the game till next season starts then do the off season stuff and then continue on with the same version, or just do what I do and buy the next years version? Just something about playing as your favorite team on the same date and schedule at the real NFL teams are. (did that sound right) Anyway, I keep buying and playing each year. What happens to all the past seasons disks? Landfills full of nothing but several year old Madden copies...

taj7575
taj7575

endwill1 i cant wait for ncaa and madden to come out every year because they are always great i dont like the menues for the next gen consols though i liked the menus for the xbox version ---------------------------------------------------------------------- HAHA menus impress you? how about gameplay dude? NCAA 08 was such a bad game that my bad anger couldnt handle it. it was the worst football game ive ever played in my life. madden 08 is just horribble and disappointing

taj7575
taj7575

"EA today revealed that NFL Head Coach 09 will be available only as part of the Madden NFL 09 20th Anniversary Collector's Edition" sweet, i hope the producers of NFL head coach 09 fell great that now NOBODY is going to play this game, haha! EA is getting a little desperate for taking peoples money man..wow nobody wants to play head coach 09 or pay ea $90 for madden 09 ( which is a falling series) and head coach 09 ( which nobody cared about) this is just sad EA...

Tech-head
Tech-head

Joe Do This, Where did anyone complain about Madden being $60? If you are going to post comments about what other people say, at least read the comments! Now you can go back to wearing your EA colored glasses and listening to your Madden is perfect tantra music.

endwill1
endwill1

i cant wait for ncaa and madden to come out every year because they are always great i dont like the menues for the next gen consols though i liked the menus for the xbox version

dmish82
dmish82

@Joe_Do_This_To "To all you Madden Haters....how bout you guys SHUT.. I am going to mve on and buy Madden 09 special Edition for 90 dollers and ALL WHO LIKE MADDEN GAMES SHOULD DO THE SAME....it will be worth every doller.................." It'll be worth every ONE DOLLAR when it's on Gamestop's used shelf after 5 months.

Joe_Do_This_To
Joe_Do_This_To

To all you Madden Haters....how bout you guys SHUT..you look like idiots when you complain agaisnt a corparation.So what if charging 60 dollers for a game...360/PS3 tech is new people...next gen is expensive... I am going to mve on and buy Madden 09 special Edition for 90 dollers and ALL WHO LIKE MADDEN GAMES SHOULD DO THE SAME....it will be worth every doller..................

Tech-head
Tech-head

I think that all of the Madden lemmings posting here, whose names I won't mention, are missing the point. For the most part, people have not been complaining on this topic about how bad Madden is, these complaints are directed towards the fact that EA has packaged the play editor, which should be in Madden itself, into HC. So the only way for someone to make their own plays, is to spend $30 on HC, which most people probably were never going to get. I will leave criticism for Madden for another day. I'm sure I will get ample opportunity as soon as they get the courage to finally show something of 09 lol. For now, all you Madden lemmings, please take your EA colored glasses off and understand that EA is purposely leaving out features that we had almost 10yrs ago, and packaging it with an add-on, that they knew, based on the first HC's sales, would not sell well. Do you understand now, or this too complicated for you?!

dmish82
dmish82

@cnyce24 "iam mean some of you guy sit and write your dumb little blogs about how bad madden is and how its the same and it never changes." Blog - A frequently updated journal or diary usually, often hosted by a third party. Forum Post - A comment on a particular topic in a bulletin-like space for other users to read

blackace
blackace

@Twashington you said it best, Make HC a Feature in Madden 2010!!! ************************************** That's actually a better idea. Just include Head Coach in Madden 2010 and release it for $59.99. I have no plans on getting Madden 09 at all. I may pick up Madden 08 for $20 on Ebay later in the year, but that's about it. I'll never buy a full priced EA game ever again.

thekey
thekey

EA = half a bad game. The other half not exsisting. EA is TRASH! They have to monopolize in order keep they're sales up.

cnyce24
cnyce24

you haters need to stop all ready. iam mean some of you guy sit and write your dumb little blogs about how bad madden is and how its the same and it never changes. fine but u and i know u will be the the one to per order it and hate again on 8/13/08. if u dont like it don't buy it. play 2k o i forgot there is no 2k. i mean you just wasted your life writing a blog about a game you dont like. come on now.

dmish82
dmish82

@curtis101617 "but let me tell you guys a piece of breaking news. my cousin works for ea sports and he told me that number one the radio guy is gone from this years game and on april 5th .you guys are going to be suprised at some of the new ideas added." Dude, it's the same story every year. "More features added, etc". It's the SAME GAME...YEAR AFTER YEAR. I honestly thought '08 reallly WAS going to be a big step forward for the franchise but you know what was different??? Now the players had icons above their heads. That was it. It didn't look any better than Madden '03 or '04 did. It's the SAME GAME!!!! I'm sick of it. If EA ever rebuilds the game up instead of swapping features in and out, MAYBE I will consider picking it up again, but for now, I'm done.

curtis101617
curtis101617

i think that every one needs to wait and see before they say their not going to not but madden 09 this year. i no that every one is upset at the way the next -gen game has been made so far. but let me tell you guys a piece of breaking news. my cousin works for ea sports and he told me that number one the radio guy is gone from this years game and on april 5th .you guys are going to be suprised at some of the new ideas added. and the link to put head coach,09 into this years maddenwas to give the people what they wanted if yu take the time to look the madden blogs on the madden boards. and he tellsme that this years game will be worth it. and a lotof things that you guys write are be addressed. and that david ortiz left and a new guy is heading up the dev team this year. and that the $90 dollar price is fair for what they are putting in the collectors addition.

subrosian
subrosian

It's the planned obsolescence that's bothersome - a $90 game package should retain some kind of consumer value in a year - Madden 07 is $10, Madden 08 will be as soon as Madden 09 releases - like clockwork we get the updates. I can't say that it's "the same game" every year, I wouldn't know, I don't play it, and I'd fathom many of the people who complain don't either. I'm sure some do, and I'll take their word - do we get $60 worth of updates every year? I can't say - but no matter how great a series is, I could not stand to play a new version every year. Square-Enix is doing this with Final Fantasy VII now, and even with new content it's annoying, so I cannot imagine the frustration of sports fans.

mikekare79
mikekare79

I'm a tournament Madden killer and I can tell you that Madden needs a lot of work. Too many glitches. Designing your own plays is cool, but some blue eyed kid is going to find a glitch and exploit it....again. Can't EA produce a decent Madden game that is more simulator than it is street?

jojogo2
jojogo2

seriously haters, WE DONT CARE ABOUT YOUR HATRED FOR EA! this is something they are offering for the loyal Madden fans, you are NOT obligated to buy this, or to buy Madden at all. Unless they made this your only choice, STOP WHINING! Plus, I'm 100% sure that everyone here will eventually pre-order Madden and wait in line the morning of August 12 to get it.

newfg311
newfg311

Joe: 4 monkeys with a keyboard and monitor can do better than EA has done for the last several years.

newfg311
newfg311

Oh well, last year's Madden was total garbage anyway. Def. won't be buying 2009 so obviously won't be getting Head Coach either. Stupid EA. The only good game they've produced in the last 5 years was NHL (07 and 08).

Serious
Serious

This is why I hope EA fails to take over Rockstar. They are very greedy. when a competitor 2k made a football game that was very good and cheaper then theirs they Monopolize the entire NFL franchise. After 2k All Pro Football failed to put a dent in their rule over football EA is feeling its oats and charging us more for extras. I'm not a football fan but I did think the NFL shouldn't have given away the ability to make NFL games from others. It didn't seem fair and we lost the right to choose which game we want to play. I don't hate EA I just don't care for Monopolies.

Pyro77
Pyro77

Personally I'd rather EA give annual team and player stat downloads instead of rehashing the same game every year and charging $60 bucks for it. They have no incentive to really improve Madden after buying sole rites to publish NFL games. 2k isn't around anymore to keep price checks on Madden anymore so they can charge whatever they want. However, I'm sure this is good news for big Madden fans and I'm sure it will sell well regardless of my views. Play what gives you enjoyment. Good night fellas.

eyeusedto
eyeusedto

umm yeah we played it- same as 07. The sales have nothing to do with the fact that they cant even get the simple things right, such as framerate (for ps3, 360). I don't think anyone wants anything crazy or out of this world, just a classically good madden game that doesn't have cheap omissions that were automatic inclusions in the past. Its been said over and over that the games will be bought regardless of how good they are, so mentioning sales is pointless especially when they have an exclusive license with literally no competition .

Joe_Do_This_To
Joe_Do_This_To

Well i guess the online in Headcoach will be a bit of trouble,If you have to pay 90 dollers to play headcoach then not many people are not going to play it.Well atleast you get madden 09 with it

Joe_Do_This_To
Joe_Do_This_To

Haters can Hate....but thats not what the sales say....so anyone can complain about EA but how bout you ask them the Question presented in the coments in this artical.Besiseds you know that within a year the sports games are likely to drop in price.Have any of you even played the MADDEN 08...One of the best games i ever played it even looks awsome.

eyeusedto
eyeusedto

More PATHETIC tactics from EA. You have to be a true EA lover to not admit that this is pure garbage. Speaking of tactics, anyone notice how CREATE-A-PLAYER was omitted from last yrs version (and from other EA sports games as well) so that you cant create rookies and avoid having to buy the SAME game all over again? Sorry EA lovers, your company has gotten terribly lazy and they even leave out OBVIOUS things that people want like user names--they're way too aware of the fact that there is a mass of lemmings that will buy the game regardless of what improvements are made. The only true innovations madden has seen in recent yrs has been on the wii with 07, but besides that its a joke. Even their "next gen" PS3 and 360 versions are laughable, with unresponsive gameplay and horrific, choppy framerates that even sony fanboys cant deny. And the game looked good, you thought, in the screenshot.

Joe_Do_This_To
Joe_Do_This_To

EA is being hated on all because they cancel online serveses for some games.So EA haters whats say you,you think you could do better???