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Old 01-03-2019, 06:08 PM   #1
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What Trends Will Dominate Sports Games in 2019?



Predicting trends for sports games is difficult. Because the games are primarily annual iterations, we often...

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Old 01-04-2019, 08:39 AM   #2
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Great article!* Franchise mode is dead for the most part and I wish more developers would put more effort into it each year, but I agree that the "Ultimate Team" modes are their cash cow.* The fact that 2K could or would make a football game is exciting news.* I'm sure many would welcome it.
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Loved the article, but I respectfully disagree with two of your points.* First, us offline franchise gamers do represent money to be earned.* While we will not be dinged for the microtransactions, with the current stagnant nature of the mode, many of us (myself firmly included) no longer buy the game every year.* I now buy Madden and NHL about every three years.* If they put more effort into the franchise mode, I would happily buy the game every year.* Also, I disagree that these versions will be the best ever.* The graphics will keep getting better, on that we agree.* But, as to the "fun" we get out of a game?* Hardly.* To me, NHL has not been as much fun since NHL 10.* Madden, other than graphics, I have a hard time distinguishing from year to year.* The lack of competition in these sports probably is a major factor is the lack of innovation.*
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Old 01-04-2019, 01:57 PM   #4
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Same ole same ole. I dont see any major trends for the AAA titles deviating in the near future. And my trend of non purchasing will continue as well*
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Predicting trends for sports games is difficult. Because the games are primarily annual iterations, we often...

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I think the biggest trend will be the growth of sports board game. We launched Friday Night Legends via Kickstarter a few months ago and the response has been great.




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Old 01-29-2019, 08:08 AM   #6
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Re: What Trends Will Dominate Sports Games in 2019?

It's good article. it describes future trends better than other.
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Old 01-18-2020, 09:17 PM   #7
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Re: What Trends Will Dominate Sports Games in 2019?

I agree with most on the list. The annual release always hampers development because even if they have 9 month development time, resources are still used to update current games.

Monetizing modes are going anywhere. As cost of development and licenses increase, companies want to be able to recoup that and still make great profit. There's a reason we don't see as many sports games as we did in the 7th generation. Most companies can't afford the costs and it will take 5-10 years just to get where currents are now and by then still playing catch up. Esports aren't going anywhere and gameplay will continue to reflect the styles that casuals perfer. Not sure about EA NHL continuing on. There's a fan base, but I'm not sure it continues on. EA has shown that they try to hang on to sports games. If Live doesn't show vast improvement by year 3 of next gen, then that franchise might die. I do believe that Offline Franchise will continue to little love.
This year coming up will be affected by next gen since they typically push out launch next-gen titles. They can't neglect current gen since there might be at least 2 months between current gen release and next gen. But at the same, gamers don't want to just to see upscaled versions of current gen. I think with next gen, they will initially focus on visuals and gameplay. I don't think we're going to see a huge jump. But, I think it will head towards photo realistic visuals. Higher detail, more accurate colors, body type and movement, lighting(ray tracing).
I don't think 2k Football will come back. 2k has shown they want to if it can be profitable. But NFL prefers exclusive brands. Madden has been very hush hush when it comes to when the deal expires. But as long as Madden continues to be a high selling game, I don't see a reason why NFL will go against their one brand preference. The 15 year ESPN deal that began in 2006, should end next year. Nothing has been said about it besides the Esports deal. I don't see why they wouldn't renew. But I expect them to say something about it this year or at the latest early next year.
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