Electronic Arts has just announced the name for next year’s Madden game — and it’s definitely not what you expected.
The gaming company has revealed that Madden 13, the most recent edition of the ultra-popular NFL video game for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, will be followed by Madden 25.
EA says that it wants to mark the 25th anniversary of the Madden franchise with a special name, so Madden 25 it is. The series debuted in 1989 with the game John Madden Football for the Commodore 64, Commodore 128, Apple II and MS-DOS.
Perhaps the real reason for the name change is that EA wants to get away from the naming convention it has used in recent years, however.
Each new version of Madden typically hits store shelves in August and is based around the upcoming NFL season, which begins in September. For some reason, however, the game is always numbered on year ahead — Madden 13 came out in August, 2012 and it was for the 2012 NFL season. Really stupid, right?
It’s not clear if EA will go back to the old numbering system after Madden 25, but this seems like a glorious chance for the company to get things right. The Madden 14 name will still be unused when it’s actually 2014.
Madden 25 is due to hit store shelves on August 27, just in time for the 2013 NFL season.