EA’s FIFA series remains ever present on PC, but the Madden series has been absent since 2006 – and that’s not looking likely to change.
PC is literally based on demand,” EA Canada’s senior VP and GM for FIFA Matt Bilbey told Game Informer. There’s still the high demand for FIFA on the PC globally because of the global appetite for the game. I think that’s less so with Madden, but I think if that changes and an opportunity presents itself, I think we would definitely leverage the opportunity.
Part of the vision… about aligning on Frostbite as a company makes that a lot easier going forward, because Frostbite is a very core PC engine that has the ability to move across consoles, up and down.”
EA Tiburon’s senior VP and GM for Madden Cam Weber added: I think with Madden in particular, it used to be a good business, and then it declined and the economics just didn’t make sense anymore. Then the compounding problem is that I guess in the last four or five years…as we get away from PC development, it becomes more and more difficult to get back to it.
We’re open to it; it’s just a matter of when’s the right time and when does the opportunity make sense.”
FIFA has proved more of a mainstay on PC, although there have been periods when the Windows version was not on par with the console releases.