NCAA 12It hasn't even come out yet, but I think I know how this is going to go.
Here's a list of "announced new features" on the EB web page for the game:
- HDR rendering
- Three rendered grass on the field surface
- An even higher resolution crowd
- Customizable team entrance music
- Dynamic pylon physics
- Dreadlocks hair option for player selection
- Player/Fan interaction
Dreadlocks? Fog? PYLON physics?
If you think this is going to be just another crappy NCAA game that won't pollute Madden (which was crappy enough on its own last year, thanks very much), you are very much incorrect. With the departure of Madden Executive Producer Phil Frazier (and many others who were involved with the Madden franchise, including Ian Cummings), it seemed like a great time to hire someone from the outside, someone with fresh ideas.
Instead, they promoted Roy Harvey.
Harvey, in case you didn't know, was the Executive Producer of the NCAA series. You know, the football franchise where pursuit angles were broken--on purpose--so that the game would be more "exciting." This is the man who was in charge when it was deemed acceptable for tacklers to happily run side-by-side with the ballcarrier instead of, you know, trying to tackle him.
The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades.