EA announces Madden NFL Arcade for PSN, XBLA

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EA Sports has announced a new Madden game this morning for those looking to pick up and play, but not spend a full sixty bucks on all those extra features. Madden NFL Arcade is the latest in football PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade titles and promises 5-on-5 football games with a “unique art style” arriving this holiday season.

Thirty-two NFL football teams will be included in the game as well as arcade style gameplay for an intense football experience. That means no penalties, no field goals and sixty yards of green to run. First team to reach 30 points wins. Also included are “Game Changers”, which seem to be remniscent of “Game Breakers” from the NFL Street franchise, promising to “break the game wide open on a single play.”

Madden NFL Arcade arrives this December on PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade for $14.99. Check out the first screens at the gallery.

EA ANNOUNCES ALL-NEW FOOTBALL EXPERIENCE WITH MADDEN NFL ARCADE

5-on-5 Pure Adrenaline NFL Football Meets the Award-Winning Football Franchise

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – October 14, 2009 – Electronic Arts Inc. (Nasdaq: ERTS) announced today an all-new way to experience the Madden NFL franchise with Madden NFL Arcade – a fun, pick-up-and-play, 5-on-5 football game from EA Tiburon. Madden NFL Arcade is pure adrenaline football for both casual and diehard NFL fans, featuring a unique art style that brings your favorite players to life like never before! Madden NFL Arcade will be available as a download on Xbox LIVE Arcade and the PlayStation Store for 1200 MS Points and $14.99 respectively, just in time for the holidays in December.

“When you look around the office and see your whole team playing and having tons of fun with it, you know the game hit the right mark,” said marketing director Nathan Stewart. “We have diehard Madden fans who have worked on the franchise for a decade, and more casual gamers who are all playing together and enjoying it. If our productivity the past few weeks is any indication, we’ve created a game that everyone will love.”

Choose one of your favorite 32 NFL teams and distinctive home stadium for a battle with the best five players on each side of the ball, and let the excitement begin! Each team is given four downs to march 60 yards to pay dirt – no penalties or field goals allowed here, pal! Get your Madden NFL fix in a completely new way, with fast-paced games where the first team to 30 wins. Want to mix it up? Madden NFL Arcade can be tailored to fit your liking by changing options, such as skill level, points to win, and more; making each game unlike the one before. Take advantage of 13 unique “Game Changers” to break the game wide open on a single play. Add an entourage of lineman to get the sack, freeze an opposing player, turn off your opponent’s passing icons, and much more. No lead is safe in Madden NFL Arcade.

Madden NFL Arcade is the perfect video game for gameday, allowing up to four players to play co-op on a single console. You can also take on the world online in head-to-head matches and track your performance via interactive leaderboards. If you like to commemorate your gridiron success, Madden NFL Arcade will also provide a host of achievements and trophies to boost your gamer score.

Madden NFL Arcade is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and is developed in Orlando, Florida by the EA Tiburon studio, which also produces NCAA® Football, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® and EA SPORTS MMA.

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