filepicker-g1FkdoTATdqHslJDLBfU_john_maddenWe're not much for speculation around these parts, unlike our bros over at MacRumors, we're typically just flooded with actual information about games- Both released and upcoming. That's not always the case though, especially when it comes to "big name" releases run by marketing departments that are deeply rooted in the "traditional" ways of promoting video games... Not that there's anything wrong with that, but, it's just the way it is.

So, as mentioned in our post about Yahoo fantasy football this morning, in part of researching that story we stumbled across an entirely under-the-radar post on EA's site about Madden Social being shutdown on September 2nd. Now, free to play games getting shut down is nothing new. It's a side effect we've gotten too used to experiencing as game developers essentially turn these IAP-powered time sinks into some kind of weird video game pump and dump.

What was worth mentioning in that, however, was mention of the following:

To thank you for your patronage, we will be providing our loyal fans with an exclusive in-game award in our upcoming Madden NFL mobile game launching later this year.

Previously, you could set your watch by the yearly release of Madden games, but things have gotten weird with the release of the Social iteration of the game which distinctly broke off from the yearly Madden formula into this odd free to play not-quite-fantasy-football and not-quite-Madden game. This begs the question of "What's next for iOS Madden?"

Here's what we know- EA wouldn't be discontinuing Madden Social (It's actually already pulled from the App Store) without some kind of replacement if they were at all interested in continuing to pursue the whole Social thing- Especially with the stupid amount of money EA is making on the App Store, there's just no reason to pull the plug on something if they had any interest in staying the course on it. Because of this, I think it's getting increasingly safe to assume that this year's iOS Madden iteration is going to return to the series roots, in providing an actual football game for football fans instead of some weird free to play game.

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Furthermore, this year is Madden's 25th anniversary, so if there ever was a time to do something huge on mobile, it'd be now. Additionally, EA has been dumping all sorts of development resources into making mobile FIFA games awesome, so it's not like they're lacking the talent or ability to do the same thing with Madden.

Madden proper for consoles is hitting on August 27th this year, and, I'm not a betting man, but I'd put some money on seeing something new and cool with Madden in the title on the App Store right around then. Of course we've also reached out to EA, but we don't really expect to hear anything on this until they're ready to get the Madden PR machine firing on all cylinders which I doubt will happen until closer to the 27th.

Of course, if we find out anything sooner, you all will be the first to know.

  • shadax

    John Madden looks terrifying.

    • Protoman

      Lmao the older he gets the more demonic he looks.

      • Karzay

        Shhhhhh!

        (No sudden movements. He's watching you.)

      • Guest

        The last good game EA made for iOS was Dead space. Why can't EA make good games like that on mobile anymore??

      • redkins54

        I gotta say, FIFA is pretty good!

      • JohnnyJ301

        I forgot about that one, Tiger Woods isn't bad either.

      • rotopenguin

        Because they can't on console or PC either?

  • Protoman

    Wonder how EA will ruin this game?

    • TheEvilRobot

      They will probably charge you .99 each time you kick the football and .99 each time you throw the football.

      Oh crap, I better be quiet before some from EA sees this

      :p

      • Living Legend

        That would suck. They better not ruin it.

      • http://bytefair.com/ Paul Graham

        don't be ridiculous, you'd get at least 5 throws for a dollar, just like the carnival

      • TheEvilRobot

        Lol :)

  • TheEvilRobot

    Saw the words "Spider Sense" and was expecting Spider-Man. Left the article disappointed :(

    • Protoman

      How do you know EA wont include some type of consumable IAP "spider-sense" like power within the game. For only $1.99 a pop.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        The "game time" functionality or whatever they called the super slow-mode gameplay mode was basically like having a spider sense. ;)

    • Mess

      Like wise. I would love a proper spidey game. Personally, I don't understand NFL and haven't played a Madden game since I played a borrowed copy on a mega drive - and that was for about 5 minutes, about enough time to pick Miami Dolphins and then go "How do I play this? Pass me Sonic!"

      Ps I am from the UK

  • JohnnyJ301

    Maybe EA could do the right thing and sell a great product like Madden football at a premium price without it being loaded with IAP's or F2P... maybe that's asking too much?

    • Protoman

      It is a theoretical possibility. Just like wormholes in space.

      • JohnnyJ301

        lol, so true

  • bigrand1

    I'm hoping as well, that they return to it's roots and deliver a proper football game instead of the type in the last iteration. Gotta have a lot more Maddenisms this time around so it doesn't get so repetitive, though. We'll see what they serve up.... Hope it's good!

    • JohnnyJ301

      The last good football game on iOS was NFL 2011 by Gameloft. It was actually a good game not bogged down by IAP. I wonder why they took it off the market??

      • Lostpop21

        Because it wasnt F2P and it wasnt making them money

      • bigrand1

        They always pull the older one when they release a new one, that's why.

      • JohnnyJ301

        I remember how bad gameloft's 2012 nfl game was. Just garbage!

  • ODMay

    Madden 13 Social was removed from the AppStore. It really did sucked tbh.

    • bigrand1

      13 has been removed to make way for this new one. And yeah, you got THAT right, it DID suck! Very broken hearted to see the Madden series go in that direction. Time to fix it this time or hang it up.

  • JohnnyJ301

    EA needs to make more premium games like Dead space on mobile. It would be nice if they made a sequel... I'm dreaming again, lol

    • Adams Immersive

      But then they apparently added ads to Dead Space (totally not fitting the atmosphere) even for people who paid money for it! What I want to see EA shift heavily into is aquarium supplies. Because I don't keep fish.

      • JohnnyJ301

        I can't believe they added ads to that game. The previous version was the best game on iOS at the time.

  • ImJPaul

    I still remember the pure American anger I felt when I saw that FIFA was a premium title that looked and played great and Madden was a social IAP fest. Then again, Madden 12 was almost unplayably bad. Hopefully they can manage to make a decent Madden for iOS. One can only dream.

  • http://f1archives.com/ Gregz0r

    If EA are STILL using the game engine from the original PSP(like they do with FIFA) for their mobile games, they can take a hike.

  • rewyan

    I'd expect some changes to Madden itself, for both the console and iOS versions. After 25 years, don't ya think they gotta spice it up a little?

  • Tanc24

    I am surprised they haven't stepped up to the table sooner. If ea can finally make a port that is similar in quality and playability as FIFA they are going to kill it with a revamped madden.

    As much as we can rag on the evil EA empire, millions would get in line to play a cool iOS version of perhaps the greatest sports franchise of all time.

    • JohnnyJ301

      It's kind of like Gameloft games, some we like and others not. EA can bring some good games to iOS such as FIFA, I agree if they can do MADDEN 14 without all the crap, they will kill it.

  • BrettArchibald

    Who's the guy in the rubber mask?