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EA Sports to announce new game in January


11:00 PM on 12.10.2009
EA Sports to announce new game in January photo



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?






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