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Tiger Woods Apologizes, EA Pleased

by Tyler Treat Feb 19, 2010 12:28 PM CST
filed under news, sports

Tiger Woods recently issued an apology to his fans for the controversy he stirred up back in November. Woods also noted that he would be returning to golf sometime, but he didn't specify when. A number of sponsors have already pulled their support for the golfer, but EA has remained by his side.

EA Sports has once again expressed its support for Woods today. "It was good to see Tiger address the public today, and we're supportive of his focus toward family and rebuilding his life," EA Sports president Peter Moore told Kotaku. "He remains one of the greatest athletes in history, and as a long-standing partner, we look forward to seeing Tiger back on the golf course when the time is right for him and his family."

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 will be releasing this June.

No NCAA Title in the Works ‘At This Time’, Says EA

by Tyler Treat Feb 11, 2010 1:14 AM CST
filed under news, pc, ps3, xbox 360

If you were looking for some college basketball action from EA, it looks like you're out of luck. The publisher had an obvious omission in its recently released fiscal 2011 lineup, NCAA Basketball. EA didn't come out and say it, so Game Informer looked for a definitive answer. Short story shorter: it's bad news.

"We do not have an NCAA Basketball game in development at this time, and we're currently reviewing the future of our NCAA Basketball business," said EA Sports' David Tinson. "This was a difficult decision, but we remain a committed partner to the NCAA and its member institutions."

FIFA 10 Pushes 10 Million

by Tyler Treat Feb 9, 2010 12:25 AM CST
filed under ds, handhelds, iphone, ipod, mobile, news, pc, ps2, ps3, psp, wii, xbox 360

EA announced during its investor call that its FIFA 10 had sold 9.7 million units by the month ending December 31, 2009. The game launched outside North America in early October with a late October release stateside. It's very likely that the title has already broken the 10-million mark by now considering the dated information EA divulged. It's estimated the game sold 5.2 million units in December alone.

The publisher recently announced 2010 FIFA World Cup would be releasing April 27.

[via GI.biz]

Madden Heads to Facebook

by Tyler Treat Feb 9, 2010 12:11 AM CST
filed under news, pc

EA announced that it intends to bring Madden NFL on Facebook. The announcement came from EA Sports president Peter Moore in an interview with Bloomberg TV. "We have to make Madden more accessible," he said. "You'll see us on Facebook going forward."

Unfortunately, Moore would not reveal what exactly Madden on Facebook would entail other than the fact that it's coming in some shape or form. Moore did offer that it would be a "simpler experience" than the console versions, but obviously that comes as no surprise.

[via Bloomberg]

NBA 2K10 Breaks Two Million

by Tyler Treat Feb 2, 2010 7:14 PM CST
filed under handhelds, news, pc, ps2, ps3, psp, wii, xbox 360

2K Sports announced today that NBA 2K10 has sold over two million units worldwide, an astonishing 60% increase over 2K9's sales last year.

"We're proud of what we've accomplished this year with NBA 2K10, and this milestone is another fantastic reason to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the NBA 2K franchise," said 2K president Christoph Hartmann. "We would like to thank all of our loyal fans for their dedicated support and look forward to the continued success of this title."

What's perhaps more surprising is Mike Wang is returning to NBA 2K developer Visual Concepts after working at EA Canada for 18 months. Wang was the lead designer for NBA Live, and he was a huge part of NBA Live 10's success. It doesn't end there. Wang also had some harsh words for EA Sports, ESPN reports.

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Moore: EA Sports Has ‘Nothing Going On’ with 3D

by Tyler Treat Jan 29, 2010 4:32 PM CST
filed under industry, news, ps3, technology, xbox 360

Although Peter Moore recently said that 3D technology presented a "great opportunity," the EA Sports big man clarified yesterday that they have "nothing going on" with 3D right now. Currently, his studio is focusing on motion-control technology, including Microsoft's Project Natal and Sony's motion controller. When asked at a FIFA event yesterday if we would see anything from EA Sports supporting 3D this year, Moore answered, "No, no, no. I have a point of view and that's about as much as we have.

"You've rightly pointed out that, from Howard Stringer down, Sony has made it a strategic imperative for the company. And when Sony does something of that nature then we as a company need to sit up and take notice.

"But believe me there's nothing going on right now that would say I'm ready to demo a 3D sports game," he reiterated. "Nothing at all."

Moore also highlighted EA's support for the new wave of motion controllers coming, adding, "We're getting in sync with Sony's motion controller and Project Natal with what Sony and Microsoft want to do with their publishing partners, so stay tuned for further information on that as we get closer to the date. And as you can imagine, EA being EA we're going to have our core intellectual property represented in some shape of fashion on those platforms."

[via GI.biz]

Peter Moore: 3D Technology a ‘Great Opportunity’

by Tyler Treat Jan 28, 2010 10:50 AM CST
filed under industry, news, technology

Stereoscopic 3D technology is all the rage lately -- for gaming, TV, movies, everything it seems. And while just about everyone and their grandma has weighed in on the issue, today EA Sports boss Peter Moore gave his thoughts, labeling it as a "great opportunity." He also says EA Sports is looking into 3D gaming for future titles.

"As James Cameron did with Avatar at the movies, you've got to build [games] from the ground up with 3D in mind,” Moore told CVG. "None of the games I've seen [so far] have been built that way - they've been regular games running in 3D. The real secret sauce will be when somebody says: 'I'm going to build this game specifically for a 3D platform.'"

Secret sauce? I'm listening. Moore is confident EA Sports can deliver high-quality 3D content, but he's not making any commitments just yet.

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EA Sports Announces FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa

by Tyler Treat Jan 27, 2010 6:22 PM CST
filed under handhelds, news, ps3, psp, wii, xbox 360

I think just about everyone knew this was coming, but now it's official. EA Sports announced FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa today for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and PSP. The game will include all 199 qualifying World Cup teams as well as all ten of the South African World Cup stadiums.

The game will feature a "full and authentic" World Cup tournament online. The Wii version is "presented in an art style that celebrates the cultural vibrancy of the first FIFA World Cup to be held in Africa." Translation: it will be cartoony.

The World Cup game is out April 27 as accurately predicated by Amazon and Gamefly last month.

BOOOOM-SHAKA-LAKA! NBA Jam Gets Kickass Logo, Details

by Tyler Treat Jan 11, 2010 9:12 PM CST
filed under news, wii

The Wii-exclusive NBA Jam rumor was made official earlier today. The game's website also went live, providing some details on the game and a fancy new logo.

NBA Jam will continue to embrace the franchise's "over-the-top" gameplay, but it will also feature "true-to-life body types, updated physics and visible player emotion." NBA Jam will have players "spinning with ankle breaking moves to the basket and on the way to high-flying, backboard-smashing dunks." It will also introduce new game modes, characters and "gameplay depth."

"NBA Jam is one of the most recognizable franchises in video game history," said EA Sports president Peter Moore. "Diehard fans of the original game have been asking for a remake for more than a decade. We’re very excited to give them their wish this year with the return of this iconic franchise."

Considering how awesome the first NBA Jam was, count us in for this one!

NBA JAM Confirmed for Wii

by Tyler Treat Jan 11, 2010 9:35 AM CST
filed under news, wii

There were rumors last week that EA Sports would be revisiting NBA JAM. These rumors have been confirmed as true because the studio officially announced EA Sports NBA JAM as a Wii exclusive. The game will be a "fresh new take" on the series while still remaining true to its roots.

Aside from that, EA Sports has not really revealed any details regarding the game, but we'll keep you updated on this one as we learn more.

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