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EA Sports to announce new game in January

11:00 PM on 12.10.2009 // Samit Sarkar

Twitter is the place to be for breaking news, folks. Earlier this week, Alain Quinto, Community Manager at EA Canada, tweeted that EA Sports is planning to reveal a brand-new game next month. There aren’t any clues yet as to what it will be, but it seems curious that the publisher is bringing out a new sports game when you consider that it has effectively shelved the PS3/360 version of Grand Slam Tennis indefinitely.

Let the speculation begin! Noted sports blogger Pastapadre surmises that we’ll be seeing a WWE game from EA, since the sports-entertainment company’s deal with THQ has expired. (Then again, the WWE recently extended the deadline to renew the contract until December 31, a move that was likely made to give THQ more time to settle its lawsuit with Jakks Pacific -- so maybe they want to stick with THQ).

It may seem like a long shot, but I wonder if EA will be heralding the long-awaited return of its venerated last-generation MVP Baseball franchise. In a financial call last week, Take-Two blamed poor returns from its exclusive MLB contract for reduced profit expectations -- in other words, they’re losing money because Major League Baseball 2K9 and The Bigs 2 failed to sell well. 2K Sports still has exclusive third-party rights to the MLB license through 2012, however, so January 2010 seems rather early for EA Sports to start talking about MVP.

If I were a betting man -- and if I had any money to bet -- I’d guess that the new game in question is another PSN/XBLA title in the vein of 3 on 3 NHL Arcade and Madden NFL Arcade. Perhaps it’s something like “NBA Live Arcade.” EA has fallen on hard times, and a downloadable game is attractive from a publishing standpoint because of its relatively low risk. What do you guys think EA will announce?

Samit Sarkar,
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