EA Sports on Madden not being on PC: “it used to be a good business, and then it declined” | PCGamesN

EA Sports on Madden not being on PC: “it used to be a good business, and then it declined”

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The only EA Sports game we get on PC these days is FIFA, and that’s a shame. NHL is a great couch-competitive game, while Madden is quick to learn and difficult to master, as well as one of the highest budget series in the world. In an interview with Game Informer, EA Sports top men are very candid about why this is the case.

They’re also games with great co-op plays to be made.

EA Canada SVP and general manager Matt Bilbey says that “PC is literally based on demand. There's still the high demand for FIFA on the PC globally because of the global appetite for the game. I think that's less so with Madden.” It’s difficult to tell sales figures for the PC version of FIFA, given it’s based on Origin rather than Steam, but it’s clearly one of the most popular games in the world.

Cam Weber, who occupies a similar position to Bilbey at EA Tiburon, primarily responsible for Madden, agrees. “Yeah, I think with Madden in particular, it used to be a good business, and then it declined and the economics just didn't make sense anymore. Then the compounding problem is that I guess in the last four or five years...as we get away from PC development, it becomes more and more difficult to get back to it.”

There is hope though. Weber says that theyre “open to it; it's just a matter of when's the right time and when does the opportunity make sense” while Bilbey thinks that “I think if [things change] and an opportunity presents itself, I think we would definitely leverage the opportunity.”

Part of the reason for this is the Frostbite engine and, presumably, the move to more PC-like consoles that make porting easier. "I think part of the vision you've heard about aligning on Frostbite as a company makes that a lot easier going forward," says Bilbey. “Frostbite is a very core PC engine that has the ability to move across consoles, up and down.”

So there’s hope for more EA Sports games on PC in the future, just not quite yet. Do read the full Game Informer interview for more on where the franchise is and where it’s heading, if you’re interested.

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Shriven avatarShubhranild avatarAethelric avatarHideous Mutant Freek avatarmontemonte61 avatarStryder avatar+1
Shriven Avatar
1 Year ago

Same with Boxing games. Used to be decent, no more.

Shubhranild Avatar
1 Year ago

UFC on pc would be Gold

Aethelric Avatar
1 Year ago

EA's reticence to put Madden on PC made more sense before Steam's explosion in the past couple years. The fact that they're not considering putting Madden on there now, with the enormous size of its market, is just a huge missed opportunity (and a personal disappointment for me, as a huge fan of the sport who owns no next-gen consoles).

Hideous Mutant Freek Avatar

I'm the same way but for the NHL series. there is no comparable game on the Pc market yet EA keeps saying "no one on PC wants to play our games." Shame really, they seem totally afraid to even test the market. One thing that does differ from their normal stance I saw regarding NHL once was they said if they were to do a PC release they'd want to do more than the console versions offer b/c PC players want more, supposedly. I don't get why they are so afraid to even test the market.

montemonte61 Avatar
1 Year ago

how do i play madden17 on pc.

Stryder Avatar
7 Months ago

hi guys, there are making this to boost console sales, other way it doesn't make a sense, all games are developed on pc, it's very easy to release on pc, but they are not, NFL, NHL, UFC, box, this are in high damand in USA and they are trying to leverage the customers by not releasing it on pc to by xbox or play.

[CTF] AcuaTec Avatar
4 Months ago

I Agree, there is no reason not to have Madden on the PC