Electronic Arts is never one to stop surprising us, I guess. First there was the $2 billion unsolicited offer to buy Take-Two Interactive, publishers of GTA IV and BioShock. Then today, EA goes and announces NFL Head Coach 09, a sequel that to be honest, we at DailyGame never saw would be uttered, let alone given the chance to see the light of day.
In development for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 by EA Tiburon, the same crew behind Madden NFL, NFL Head Coach 09 gives gamers the power to make decisions that define their career and ultimately the fate of their franchise as a head coach in the NFL.
Now, the first time EA tried this, NFL Head Coach had some serious issues, most notably the game being boring, tedious, graphically subpar and — well, what more is there to say?
While EA is taking another shot at the game, it doesn’t sound like all that much has changed. NFL Head Coach 09 will offer a variety of different ways to control an NFL franchise both on and off the field and in-season and off-season. The game lets players comprehensively scout the opponent, build playbooks and develop a team that will adapt to the philosophy and system of an NFL franchise. When in the middle of an actual Sunday game, players can also make adjustments to plays and game strategies on the fly from the sideline.
But really, all this sounds like the first outing, so outside of shiny new graphics, what can EA do to make NFL Head Coach 09 a more compelling experience than the first? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
EA did not announce a release date for NFL Head Coach 09, but it will presumably ship this fall.