THE BUZZ: The NFL is a very image conscientious organization, and it looks like they didn’t want EA’s newest pig skin arcade game to show it in poor light. GamesRadar recently questioned Dave Ross, Project Lead for NFL Blitz about the omission of late hits and Dave had this to say:
“When we started working on this game we partnered very early on with the NFL and talked to them about what it is we wanted to deliver. We played the old versions of Blitz with them and we talked with them throughout the course of this entire product development cycle and, at the end of the day, the NFL felt like the late hits did not meet with their take on player health and safety, and they asked us to remove it from the game. Right now we have big action and big, over-the-top gameplay, but once the whistle blows there are no late hits.”
So there you have it. The NFL gets what the NFL wants. In this case they didn’t feel the late hits represented what the game is about.
EGM’s TAKE: If any brand needed to be image conscious, the NFL would be it … besides Foxy Boxing that is. From what we’ve seen of the game so far, EA has done a good job bringing the brutality of the sport to life without having to play dirty and end a quarterback’s career. At least we’ll always have hot girls wailing on each other.