Twelve years ago, EA Sports signed an exclusive deal with the NFL to be the only company to have the exclusive license of NFL players and teams. Even since then, EA Sports has released disappointing Maddens almost every year with one or two decent games. During the tenure, there were only two football games without any NFL teams stood out, All-Pro Football 2K8 and BackBreaker. Today, Madden NFL 18 is getting worse month after month. This would be a great time for the NFL to leave EA Sports and go to 2K Sports to revive NFL 2K. That wouldn’t a great idea. I will explain why.
NFL will never leave EA Sports
There’s no chance that the National Football League will leave EA Sports exclusive deal to have an open license for both 2K and EA. In 2004, NFL 2K5 was released for $20 instead of $60. Even though it was a smart marketing plan, the NFL didn’t like that idea because they didn’t make a lot of money from it compare to the income from Madden 2005. This made the deal between EA and the NFL a lot of easier because both companies can make a lot of money from each other. Despite Madden is getting more negative reviews every year, either company is still making money due to Madden is one of the best selling games of every year since 2005.
2K Sports will give us the same results
Going back to 2K Sports won’t be the worst thing for NFL video games. However, I don’t see it being the saving grace based on the current state of 2K Sports video games. Recently, NBA 2K series has been fallen down since 2K13. From focusing more on microtransactions to stale game modes, NBA 2K is getting more criticism every year. Especially with NBA 2K17 and NBA 2K18, which is worst games in the entire series. Even WWE 2K series is also getting panned and criticized by fans when compared THQ version of WWE. Even though Visual Concepts still works with 2K, the majority of developers who had worked on ESPN NFL 2K5 and All-Pro Football 2K8 doesn’t work with them anymore. Which leads to my next topic:
Stop Living in the Past
ESPN NFL 2K5 and All-Pro Football 2K8 are some of the best football video games of all time. However, that doesn’t mean the results from a new NFL 2K will be the same as those games. As much I love those games, I don’t believe that 2K will the same type of game that I love. As previously stated, the company has become lazy and money-hungry similar to EA Sports and it’s making me lose confidence in them. I mean I don’t have that much confidence in EA either but I don’t trust that 2K can go back into the classic state that was in the mid-2000. I have seen this from a lot of fans that they believe 2K can another classic like ESPN NFL 2K5. I feel like some of these fans don’t remember the negatives in these games such as open-field blocking was bad as Madden, the reach tackling feature was atrocious, and user interceptions were nearly impossible in APF 2K8. Despite the games were great, there were things that were flawed or annoying. Also, fans are not looking at the many flaws that NBA 2K have because of their love of the past games and hatred of the recent Madden games.
The main point is that either company will give us crap. As fans, we should keep voicing your opinion on the problems in the game until the developers listen to us. Whether they work with EA or 2K, we complain about something we don’t like. However, don’t give one company favoritism because you don’t like the opposing company tactics.