Man, Sega's really getting shafted here. At this point, I'm really hoping they make a kick-ass NCAA game.
As far as EA trying to take over the sports world, their initial offer to the NBA was rejected. But there's still time to take over those sports as well...meaning Sega isn't screwed, but they'll have to simply be more creative.
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, I'll note that every indication and rumor seems to say that it was the AFL that approached EA and asked them if they would make the Arena Football game. What are they supposed to say? "Oh no, we're not interested in making any money with you, Sorry. Try Sega, I hear they might be free soon."
Tonight I wanna ruin my life, I wanna throw it all away, In a spectacular way
While the deal promises that an AFL game will be ready for the market by the start of the 2006 season, the agreement is more than just about fun and games. It also "allows EA to share in the proceeds of future expansion team sales," effectively giving EA financial interest in the league beyond the gaming aspect.
Wow. I wonder how this is going to fit in between Street (which is essentially AFL play) and Madden. It's not like AFL would be excited to be a minor-league in the NFL game. I just don't see the AFL fitting a successful niche with the other fooball products EA's putting out.
"Did your favorite NCAA 2006 players get screwed over in the NFL draft? You can pick the also-rans for AFL 2006! It's scrub-tastic!"
The AFL itself is a live-action video game, so it'd fit right in.
Originally posted by LionJeetSinghTime for a CFL game!
3 downs, getting a point for missing field goal, hmmm what else?
Heh. Not that it means anything to Anyone Not Named Me, but I completely screwed with Madden 2002's custom team/schedule feature and ran a CFL "inVasion" angle a few years ago. Jeff Lewis led the Toronto Argonauts to the Super Bowl. I went old school and made sure to have TWO Roughrider teams (I know, I know...one was "Rough Riders" and the other "Roughriders"). Yes, I have no friends and too much free time.
I think the AFL has a working agreement with the NFL. They don't see each other as competitors, exactly. AFL shouldn't feel slighted by having their rosters linked to Madden. It'd be a good move actually, with built-in cross-game promotion.
I'd imagine an AFL game would also have the smaller market "afl2" teams, the same way Madden has the NFL Europe teams. If you're happy, I'm sure you could even make your own Professional Indoor Football League teams. Anyone remember THAT?!