In case you haven’t heard, Brett Favre is now the former quarterback of the Green Bay Packers -- he was traded to the New York Jets late last night for a conditional fourth-round draft pick. You may be reading this and wondering why it’s been posted on a videogame blog. Well, Mr. Favre happened to have been selected by EA as the cover athlete for Madden NFL 09. But now that he’s been traded to Gang Green, what to do?
MTV Multiplayer got word from an EA spokesperson on the publisher’s plans now that the game’s current cover has been rendered obsolete by the trade. Here’s what they’ve decided on:
So, let’s recap: all retail copies of Madden NFL 09 will feature Favre in a Packers uniform on the box; EA will be providing updated cover artwork online that gamers can download, print out, and insert into their cases; and the disc’s roster will have Favre on an “NFL Greats” team, but a day-one roster update will be available to make him the Jets’ first-string QB.
All in all, this seems to be the best way to go about solving this issue. So much for Favre being the first retired player to grace the cover of a Madden game, eh? As for the trade, I’ve talked to a number of Jets fans who are understandably ecstatic about it -- but I wonder, have they considered the possible (likely?) adverse effects of a Madden curse transfer to their team?
[Via MTV Multiplayer -- thanks, Joe!]