Madden 14 Will Be Called Madden 25 This Year
No one saw it coming, but it was officially announced this week that the upcoming release of Madden NFL 14 will be taking on a new name to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Madden franchise. In case you didn’t get the memo, it’s now set to be called Madden NFL 25.
Historically speaking the number in the Madden franchise has denoted the year of the game’s lifespan, however Madden 25 is a reflection of 25 years of Madden games. The surprising title change took us particularly off guard not just because of the confusion in the market that it could create this year, but what it could mean next year.
As Pastapadre pointed out however, this is the last year of EA’s NFL exclusivity license, and if it’s not renewed then they certainly have bigger things to worry about than what number is next to their title next year.
For now though, it seems EA is focused entirely on this year.
“There’s no better way to celebrate and mark the culmination of 25 years of innovation than by naming this year’s game Madden NFL 25… This year’s game will push the boundaries with gameplay and feature innovations that will lay a very strong foundation for the next 25 years of this storied franchise.” - Cam Weber, General Manager of American Football for EA SPORTS.
Madden 25 will be available once again on the Xbox 360 and PS3 next season, although no mention of a Wii/Wii U edition can be found in the initial press release. It seems unlikely they wouldn’t at least further explore the synergy that the Wii U tablet provides for a game like Madden, so for now it appears to just be an oversight in the press release.
The current release for Madden 25 is scheduled for August 27th, 2013, so mark your calendars. Just make sure you get the year right when you do.
Story Update: Madden 25 will NOT be available on the Wii U.