Friday, December 17, 2004

News: Blitz - Playmakers
Posted by JayGo :: 4:53 AM

So, what happens to all those developers who were making NFL games, and saw EA sweep the license right out from under their feet? Well, here's one idea..
Midway Games Inc. announced today the development of Blitz:Playmakers, a new, unlicensed videogame exposing the harsh realism and troubling, behind-the-scenes stories of a fictional professional football league. Blitz:Playmakers has been in development at Midway's Chicago studio for the past year in collaboration with a writer from ESPN's controversial "Playmakers" TV series. Blitz: Playmakers goes behind the glitz and glamour of the game through a revolutionary campaign mode that explores the on-field violence, off-field fallout and front-office politics of professional football. Blitz: Playmakers is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2005 on multiple videogame console platforms.

"Midway's Chicago studio has laid the foundation over the past year for what is the ultimate alternative to watered down NFL sanctioned football games," said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer of Midway. "No longer bound to the NFL license, there will be no league restrictions on content and gamers will finally experience what makes playing a football videogame really fun: off-field controversies, dirty hits, excessive celebrations and much more. Blitz: Playmakers buyers will be assured of one thing – our game will include all the gameplay and fun the NFL won't allow."
The first ever anti-sports game, folks. Thing is, sports games normally work because they allow you to live out your fantasies with the teams that you support. Any game that now has to go to a completely fictional set of leagues, players and teams is going to have to make sure everything is balanced and well-written.. because they sure as hell aren't going to have the 'we made this team dominant to be realistic' card to fall back on...

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