EA Sports is on the cusp of extending its partnership with the National Football League, securing its position as the sole creator of “NFL-themed realistic action simulation video games” through the 2025 season. It’ll also have an option to further that deal through the 2026 season, taking the series up to Madden NFL 27 at the very least.
It’ll also have the option to make “arcade-style” games, although it will share this license with 2K Sports, as it announced recently that it’ll be making its own non-simulation football game. Our guess is that this will be some kind of NFL 2K Playgrounds-type title, although the publisher’s yet to reveal its plans for the property.
This will come as disappointing news to fans of football, as they feel the lack of competition has resulted in EA Sports getting lazy with the license. We enjoyed Madden NFL 20, but clearly there’s plenty of room for improvement – particularly in Franchise mode, and in the new story-driven QB1 mode. Here’s hoping Madden NFL 21 is a big step forward on PlayStation 5.