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Rumor: EA Sports Working On New NFL Blitz

I can't decide if "Rumor:" would be enough or if I should also put a question mark on the end of the headline.

NFL Blitz '99: It's only one of the greatest football games of all time. 
Let's start with a little bit of history. Back when EA Sports announced that it was bringing back Midway's classic NBA Jam franchise for a new generation, we got word that Electronic Arts had picked up the rights to multiple Midway sports franchises, including NFL Blitz. While I don't think this will eventually translate into a new release called RedCard Soccer 20-13 or anything crazy like that, it sounds like EA is preparing to develop a new entry in another classic Midway series.

I got a phone call a few weeks ago from an industry insider! A tipster, if you will! The content of the call was brief and without much to go on, but the crux of the call was crystal clear. Electronic Arts is beginning work on a new NFL Blitz game. It sounds like the game is going to be developed at EA's Tiburon studio, which makes sense both because it's where EA makes its football games and it's also where one of the creators of the Blitz series, Mark Turmell, is currently serving as the Senior Creative Director.

Other details are scarce, which is unsurprising since the game is said to be very, very early in the development process, but I also heard that the game would be released on multiple consoles and that it probably wouldn't hit until 2012. I checked in with EA for an official confirmation of the project, but as I'm sure you're well aware, EA "doesn't comment on rumors or speculation." 

So, obviously, you should take this as purely unofficial. It's a rumor. But I heard it from a trustworthy source, so I feel OK about passing the word along. Considering NBA Jam received a lot of critical attention earlier this year, I'm not surprised that EA is looking to branch out into more arcade-style sports games. And, let's face it, I totally effing love the arcade versions of NFL Blitz. That style of gameplay hasn't been done properly for quite some time and it feels like it has tons of potential, especially with NBA Jam already out there.

If I hear anything else, I'll pass it along. Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by Jeff
NFL Blitz '99: It's only one of the greatest football games of all time. 
Let's start with a little bit of history. Back when EA Sports announced that it was bringing back Midway's classic NBA Jam franchise for a new generation, we got word that Electronic Arts had picked up the rights to multiple Midway sports franchises, including NFL Blitz. While I don't think this will eventually translate into a new release called RedCard Soccer 20-13 or anything crazy like that, it sounds like EA is preparing to develop a new entry in another classic Midway series.

I got a phone call a few weeks ago from an industry insider! A tipster, if you will! The content of the call was brief and without much to go on, but the crux of the call was crystal clear. Electronic Arts is beginning work on a new NFL Blitz game. It sounds like the game is going to be developed at EA's Tiburon studio, which makes sense both because it's where EA makes its football games and it's also where one of the creators of the Blitz series, Mark Turmell, is currently serving as the Senior Creative Director.

Other details are scarce, which is unsurprising since the game is said to be very, very early in the development process, but I also heard that the game would be released on multiple consoles and that it probably wouldn't hit until 2012. I checked in with EA for an official confirmation of the project, but as I'm sure you're well aware, EA "doesn't comment on rumors or speculation." 

So, obviously, you should take this as purely unofficial. It's a rumor. But I heard it from a trustworthy source, so I feel OK about passing the word along. Considering NBA Jam received a lot of critical attention earlier this year, I'm not surprised that EA is looking to branch out into more arcade-style sports games. And, let's face it, I totally effing love the arcade versions of NFL Blitz. That style of gameplay hasn't been done properly for quite some time and it feels like it has tons of potential, especially with NBA Jam already out there.

If I hear anything else, I'll pass it along.
Posted by WilliamHenry

Could be awesome.

Posted by ThePhantomnaut

GIT HYPE?

Posted by dachen

If this is real, consider it bought. 

Posted by Redbullet685

I hope this is real.

Posted by RecSpec

If they do honest to goodness Blitz, and not the other crap they were trying. I'm there.

Posted by Crunchman

I am so chuffed.

Posted by misterpope

If this exists, and comes out, I will buy 5 copies. Five. Freakin. Copies.
 
THAT IS A PROMISE EA. YOU CAN SMELL THE MONEY ALREADY. DO IT.

Posted by Truitt

YESSSSSSSSSSS. THANK GOD YES. I was seriously dreaming about this yesterday. I should do play Blitz 2000 to celebrate.

Posted by LoktarOgar

Man, Red Card Soccer was the best football game ever.

Posted by csl316

Blitz 2000 started more fights amongst my friends than Mario Party and Risk put together.  and we liked it!

Posted by picklecannon

Blitz was the first and only football game i've ever liked so this is good news to me.

Posted by LiquidS
@Crunchman: You could be the first person ever to say that you were "chuffed" about an American Football game.
Posted by PooffBallzZzZ

BLITZZZZZZZ 
I think that was on the N64.  i loved how you could tackle players after the play was finished :D
Posted by TeenageJesusSuperstar

So was I the only one who imagined Jeff was whispering this whole article?

Posted by MattyFTM

You know, despite Redcard 20-03's very huge and glaring issues, there was something very satisfying about doing a crunching sliding tackle on the referee, and seeing him lying there motionless for a good few seconds. And with EA at the helm with the modern FIFA engine, an updated Redcard game might be pretty awesome. 
 
Dammit Jeff, now you've got me wishing for something that is never going to happen in a million years!!!!!!

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Posted by None_Braver

It should just be blitz 99 with HD graphics.

Posted by ashton

Awesome!

Posted by KuribosShoe

free with every purchase of Madden NFL 12?

Posted by TotalEklypse

yay late hits and turbo buttons.

Posted by Doctorchimp

Greatest news (?) of the day!

Posted by SkinnyBlue

Now if they could just ressurect NHL Hitz my life would be complete.
Posted by NobleJon
@KuribosShoe said:
" free with every purchase of Madden NFL 12? "
I like Blitz. I dislike Madden. Even with a free game, that's not enough incentive to buy Madden.
Posted by tobygw

I've only played the Blitz: The League stuff, which have been pretty poop.

Posted by TheClap

Hot scoops!!

Posted by jakob187

Everyone is saying "if this is real". 
 
Did you read the article...where it says that JEFF GOT A CALL?! 
 
Now, how many of you on these boards honestly think Jeff is going to yank our chain about this shit? 
 
Total GET HYPE time!!!

Posted by Capum15

Dude, awesome. I loved the N64 Blitz so much. It was amazing dragging a guy fifty yards and scoring a touch down.

Posted by wolf_blitzer85

So where are all the guys to complain that this isn't news?
 
 
I'll play some Blitz.

Posted by Stealthmaster86

If this is CLASSIC Blitz then, OH GOD DO  WANT! If it's the "edgy, yeah we have gore and drugs" Blitz, count me out.

Posted by Phished0ne

Scoops    Häagen-Daz!

Edited by SBYM

Just remake the old game and refine it a bit, then throw in some sweet graphics and you're done. DONE. Seriously, don't go and add a bunch of needless bullshit. Blitz is one of the finest games out there, don't screw it up. Perhaps I'll be able to retire my N64 copy.

Posted by endaround

If this was a WaPost story we'd know that the source was Turmell---Quick to the Whiskey Media Style Guide!!!

Posted by Malakhii

If they make this with the care they put into the new Jam, I'd be very happy. 

Posted by GreggD
@ThePhantomnaut said:
" GIT HYPE? "
AH-YES!!!
Posted by Mr_Tittious_Jones_3rd

Yay!! I hope it's a downloadable.

Posted by captainslender

Just don't announce it as a 'free' pack-in for Madden '12, people will lose their shit.

Posted by Turtlemayor333

I absolutely get why EA would want to make this game.
 
I don't at all understand why the NFL would want them to make this game.

Posted by LETS_KISS_BRO

NFL Blitz for N64 was one of my favorite multiplayer games back in the day

Posted by RedEyesBlueBunny
@tobygw said:
" I've only played the Blitz: The League stuff, which have been pretty poop. "
not even anything close to the same game. don't worry
Posted by Vod_Crack

A new RedCard game would be awesome actually.

Posted by AndyMP

Sort Madden out first !! That game needs so much work doing it's ridiculous....

Posted by TwistedGamer

i love me some blitz!

Posted by Hoss360

i love me some nfl blitz...
 
but this sounds like a nail in the coffin for a revival of mutant league football...

Posted by Cube

I am not complaining.

Posted by Chronox

This sounds promising if true

Posted by WAM

YES!!!! I loved Blitz!!! 

Posted by csl316
@Hoss360 said:
" i love me some nfl blitz...  but this sounds like a nail in the coffin for a revival of mutant league football... "
oh, say it ain't so
Posted by Raposa318

looks fun

Posted by Nikral

I almost bought a NFL Blitz arcade machine but deemed it a really expensive purchase as well as I have no room in my tiny apartment.  
 
Perhaps this will be a well produced game and will warrant a purchase.

Posted by RecallBerserk

who doesn't like blitz? not I

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