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Old 01-30-2018, 06:18 PM   #57
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Seeing that they have their own storefront, I think PC specific sports titles could be a potential untapped market for EA. Without a ton of effort, I would think they could make a single player port with an enhanced CFM specific for PC. Don't even have to call it Madden.... could revive the Head Coach brand and emphasize the management aspects with the option to play the games in the Madden engine. I doubt it would significantly cannibalize console / MUT money because it wouldn't offer the same experience. Pie in the sky wishful thinking on my part... but I think it's something that could make them money considering the vast bulk of the product has already been developed.


As much as I would enjoy a pc version of Madden, I have to think that if they had interest, they wouldíve by now. They have fifa on the pc platform and itís essentially the same as the console (using the same engine). Yet, for madden, they have elected not to do so. Even if a merger occurs, I donít think it would fundamentally change the dynamics to the point where a pc version suddenly catches their interest. Just my two cents.....


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Old 01-30-2018, 06:30 PM   #58
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As much as I would enjoy a pc version of Madden, I have to think that if they had interest, they wouldíve by now. They have fifa on the pc platform and itís essentially the same as the console (using the same engine). Yet, for madden, they have elected not to do so. Even if a merger occurs, I donít think it would fundamentally change the dynamics to the point where a pc version suddenly catches their interest. Just my two cents.....


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EA has alienated their PC crowd with years of neglect.

.. but MS has been at the fore of the cross-platform talk.

Hard to say how that would go down.
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Old 01-30-2018, 06:46 PM   #59
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Microsoft wouldn't make FIFA and Madden first-party exclusives. Those games are too big to be first-party exclusives and I have to imagine the licensing agreements block that sort of arrangement.

In addition MSFT has already embraced other platforms they don't own with how they've handled the billion-dollar acquisition of Mojang AB, the studio behind Minecraft. That game already had strong multiplatform success before MSFT bought it and today it's on every platform under the sun.

What'd be more likely to happen if MSFT bought EA, IMO, is a folding of Origin into the Windows Store, an increased emphasis on the development of Windows PC games to better position Windows 10 against Steam, and a focus on the company's Cross Play feature between Windows PC games and XBOX One X games. Whether that'd get a Madden return to PC is anyone's guess, though.
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Microsoft wouldn't make FIFA and Madden first-party exclusives. Those games are too big to be first-party exclusives and I have to imagine the licensing agreements block that sort of arrangement.

In addition MSFT has already embraced other platforms they don't own with how they've handled the billion-dollar acquisition of Mojang AB, the studio behind Minecraft. That game already had strong multiplatform success before MSFT bought it and today it's on every platform under the sun.

What'd be more likely to happen if MSFT bought EA, IMO, is a folding of Origin into the Windows Store, an increased emphasis on the development of Windows PC games to better position Windows 10 against Steam, and a focus on the company's Cross Play feature between Windows PC games and XBOX One X games. Whether that'd get a Madden return to PC is anyone's guess, though.

Also it would most likely kill EA Access from ever reaching PlayStation, should Sony ever be interested.


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Old 01-30-2018, 07:34 PM   #61
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I hope this doesnt happen but I could see it happening for sure. Wouldnt buy an xbox just for madden etc but if you think about the huge number of games EA makes its tough

Consoles themselves aren't super expensive compared to other hobbies but don't feel like paying for 3 different online services, 3 different systems, 3 different sets of controllers etc
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I think this would be bad for gaming in general Microsoft has shown that instead of coming up with new ideas for first party games that they will just buy exclusivity. Could you imagine the only way to play any games made by ea is to buy a Microsoft console? All deals like this do is help destroy gaming look at what ea NFL deal did to sports gaming not only did we have no choice but to buy Madden it also set off a chain reaction and 2k bought the mlb license and we lost MVP. Deals like this are no good for consumers.

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Good or bad for gaming is relative, and is really beside the point. The truth is, if this is true, and all these games go exclusive, itís the fault of every single gamer and games writer that lamented on the internet that Microsoft has an exclusives problem.


This image hurts the Xbox platform, even though it really isnít true. Itís an obvious solution to the problem created by those that think each console needs exclusive titles.

The truth is, I had more than enough games on the XB1 to be happy. The lack of a AAA MLB title hurt, and I finally relented, getting a PS4 last April. Just like MS could do with Madden and FIFA, Sony could go multi platform with The Show, but they never will. But I still game 99% on the XB1.

Iíll worry about the ďfairnessĒ when I see Bloodborne and Naughty Dog games on the Xbox. Fairness is rarely a factor in business. As consumers, all we can do is spend our money on what we find value in. Occasionally we will spite our nose to save our face. I boycotted EA when they killed off NFL 2K. But we also tend to get over it, which I did with Tiger Woods 10.






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Good or bad for gaming is relative, and is really beside the point. The truth is, if this is true, and all these games go exclusive, itís the fault of every single gamer and games writer that lamented on the internet that Microsoft has an exclusives problem.


This image hurts the Xbox platform, even though it really isnít true. Itís an obvious solution to the problem created by those that think each console needs exclusive titles.

The truth is, I had more than enough games on the XB1 to be happy. The lack of a AAA MLB title hurt, and I finally relented, getting a PS4 last April. Just like MS could do with Madden and FIFA, Sony could go multi platform with The Show, but they never will. But I still game 99% on the XB1.

Iíll worry about the ďfairnessĒ when I see Bloodborne and Naughty Dog games on the Xbox. Fairness is rarely a factor in business. As consumers, all we can do is spend our money on what we find value in. Occasionally we will spite our nose to save our face. I boycotted EA when they killed off NFL 2K. But we also tend to get over it, which I did with Tiger Woods 10.






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The difference is Microsoft could have made a baseball title at any time they just refuse to. The other games your talking about are sony own studios.

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Old 01-30-2018, 09:27 PM   #64
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So it's only okay if Microsoft builds a studio from the ground up? They can't buy successful studios?

It's splitting hairs. From is not a Sony studio. Naughty Dog was bought by Sony. So how would buying EA be different?

Seriously, if "fairness" is the issue, gamers and the press should have been criticizing Sony for their exclusives games, not dinging Microsoft for not having enough. And dinging Microsoft for buying EA is hypocritical.

Yes, we would all be better off if every game was multiplatform.
but that ship sailed decades ago.
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