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Yep, Electronic Arts Is Bringing NFL Blitz Back, Too

Mark your digital calendar for next January, folks.

Don't screw this up, Electronic Arts.

Jeff called it back in November of last year: NFL Blitz is making a return.

First details came out yesterday, causing confusion over how Electronic Arts would roll out the game, but a press release today clarifies this is a downloadable release--not retail. In other words, forget a bunch of the bitching we may or may not have done on this week’s Bombcast.

The high-definition update arrives in January for both Xbox Live Arcade (1200 Microsoft Points) and PlayStation Network ($14.99), and maintains the 7-on-7 gameplay from the original series.

Similar to NBA Jam, NFL Blitz will have an expanded single-player mode called the Blitz Gauntlet, which sees players fighting through a series of teams, in addition to “exclusive fantasy bosses.” Two people can play on a team simultaneously, with up to four total, and that extends to online.

EA also seems to be incorporating its popular Ultimate Team concept from its other sports games into NFL Blitz, calling it the Elite League here. Players purchase cards using “Blitz Bucks,” which are earned while playing online. These cards can affect on-field play, providing advantageous power-ups And while released footage shows the option of punching in codes to unlock random cheats, apparently some will be purchasable in the “Blitz Store” using your...I’m not going to say it again.

For colorful audio, NBA Jam commentator Tim Kitzrow will be joined by actor and comedian Brian Haley (Gran Torino).

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Posted by patrickklepek
Don't screw this up, Electronic Arts.

Jeff called it back in November of last year: NFL Blitz is making a return.

First details came out yesterday, causing confusion over how Electronic Arts would roll out the game, but a press release today clarifies this is a downloadable release--not retail. In other words, forget a bunch of the bitching we may or may not have done on this week’s Bombcast.

The high-definition update arrives in January for both Xbox Live Arcade (1200 Microsoft Points) and PlayStation Network ($14.99), and maintains the 7-on-7 gameplay from the original series.

Similar to NBA Jam, NFL Blitz will have an expanded single-player mode called the Blitz Gauntlet, which sees players fighting through a series of teams, in addition to “exclusive fantasy bosses.” Two people can play on a team simultaneously, with up to four total, and that extends to online.

EA also seems to be incorporating its popular Ultimate Team concept from its other sports games into NFL Blitz, calling it the Elite League here. Players purchase cards using “Blitz Bucks,” which are earned while playing online. These cards can affect on-field play, providing advantageous power-ups And while released footage shows the option of punching in codes to unlock random cheats, apparently some will be purchasable in the “Blitz Store” using your...I’m not going to say it again.

For colorful audio, NBA Jam commentator Tim Kitzrow will be joined by actor and comedian Brian Haley (Gran Torino).

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Posted by Venatio

Sounds great!

Posted by csl316

*marked*

Posted by Jackhole

Jeff? More like Nostradamus.

Posted by Mijati

Hopefully this comes out in Europe, but I doubt it we barely get any stuff like this :(

Posted by mustachioeugene

We used to play 2v2 on the 64 version, two of my friends were really terrible at the game, I can't wait to see how bad they are on this gen of consoles.

Posted by Butano

This and Goldeneye were my most played games on my N64. If this works out, I'm hoping for NHL Hitz.

Posted by OneManX

HYPE LEVELS AT MAX!!!

Posted by HarlequinRiot

@Butano said:

This and Goldeneye were my most played games on my N64. If this works out, I'm hoping for NHL Hitz.

Oh fuck yea. NHL Hitz was awesome. My roommates and I played an absurd amount of Hitz 2003 over the past two years.

Posted by MonkfishEsq

I remember being a kid and playing the absolute shit out of NFL Blitz for the PS1. As an English kid I had *absolutely* no idea what the fuck the rules for NFL were, or how the hell to even play it. I managed to brute force learn and loved every minute of it.

Posted by pakattak

It's about time that EA made use of their NFL License for something, y'know, fun.

Posted by Sergotron

I am ready some football.

Posted by HBK619

OH MY GODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!

I absolutely loved NFL Blitz, have been dying for a Blitz for ages now, I even bought Blitz the League 2 in the hope that it would bring back childhood memories...alas it was just a cheap rip off.

But now this has arrived my sporting game needs are all but fulfilled. FIFA 12 - Check. NBA Jam - Check. NBA 2K12 - Will be a Check. NFL Blitz - HELLS TO THE YES THIS IS GON BE A CHECK!

Posted by RenMcKormack

"All my rowdy friends are coming over tonight"...to play blitz...and make non-aggressive statements about the commander in chief.

Edited by skrutop

I'm calling the bosses now:

LT is the only member of the defense, and he will sack your QB on every down.

Bo is the only member of the offense, and you will never ever be able to tackle him.

Posted by bluehat9

paving the way for Hitz, I hope.

Posted by SlightConfuse

What is the exchange rate for brad bucks to blitz bucks

Posted by Ronald

If they wanted someone from Gran Torino, they needed crotchety Clint Eastwood on commentary. "What are all of these guys doing on my lawn? GET OFF MY LAWN!"

Posted by ThePickle

I hope they keep the old rosters. I want to be able to play as the 49ers and know I can bomb passes to Rice from 50 yards.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

@Ronald said:

If they wanted someone from Gran Torino, they needed crotchety Clint Eastwood on commentary. "What are all of these guys doing on my lawn? GET OFF MY LAWN!"

I don't like football at all, but I would totally buy that game.

Posted by 617_jbug

Pasta Padre said there is no late hits anymore (NFL wouldn't allow it).

Posted by Dodongo

New NFL Blitz?

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Xsnipd

@HandsomeDevil: Yea, that's not going to happen but if there are legendary players, you can try.

Posted by ruffedgz

I'm a fan. Will be looking out for this on XBLA ;)

Posted by ThePickle

@Xsnipd said:

@HandsomeDevil: Yea, that's not going to happen but if there are legendary players, you can try.

Legendary players seems like a given. EA loves doing that stuff and a lot of the nostalgia people have about this game stems from the awesome rosters.

Posted by James_ex_machina

'bout time

Posted by MetalMoog

I dislike Football also (NFL & CFL) but had a blast playing NFL Blitz back in the day. The game was super fun.

Posted by Xsnipd

@MetalMoog: To me CFL is a Joke.

Posted by YoungBuck

Day one.

Posted by GlenTennis

I'm READY

Blitz 99 was all I played with my dad.

Posted by Smashlampjaw

Hells yessss

Posted by akeripper4

and another classic football game that will not get released in europe........

Posted by JCGamer

My roommates and I made brackets and had a round-robin style tournament in college. We played the game a lot.

Posted by Michaelblack18

jeffstradamous is always accurate also hell yes some blitz im going to play the shit of it when it comes out

Edited by Blkthorne

I was wondering if they will leave in the late hits from the NFL Blitz series? Can remember doing leg drops on the sacked QB or grab the opponent that just scored a TD and fling them out of the endzone. Just seen someone comment above that there won't be any late hits in the game, kind of a shame really, was a fun part of the game IMO.

Posted by Turtlemayor333

Late hits are OUT according to pastapadre

I'm usually the last guy saying what these companies do for money is despicable but..this is despicable. Not just the late hits but the whole product. It's basically just a renaming of "Madden Arcade" complete with DLC power ups and boosters to spam people with in online games - all to get a buck out of people who liked the old Blitz but don't keep up with the new crap. This is a complete joke.

Posted by Mews

@Turtlemayor333: To be fair, the article does say the NFL's the one not allowing the late hits...

Posted by MrBubbles

well i'm so looking foreward to this game now

Posted by bretthancock

As long as this game has unlimited laterals and 70 yard jump passes it will be great.

Posted by Airickson

As long as the music, pyrotechnics, and announcers are screaming at me the entire time, this game will be great. I love screaming pyrotechnics.

Posted by Marcsman

I cannot wait until 2013 when EA's stranglehold on the NFL license is finally over.

Posted by kennybaese

I will play the ever loving hell out of some NFL Blitz. Can't wait.

Posted by theveej

@MetalMoog: @Xsnipd said:

@MetalMoog: To me CFL is a Joke.

I'm Canadian and I even think CFL is a joke. CFL should not be mentioned in the same breath as the NFL

Posted by UnsolvedParadox
@theveej

@MetalMoog: @Xsnipd said:

@MetalMoog: To me CFL is a Joke.

I'm Canadian and I even think CFL is a joke. CFL should not be mentioned in the same breath as the NFL

The developers of the unannounced CFL Rush are undoubtedly now weeping uncontrollably.
Posted by MeatSim

Glad they went the downloadable route and not the full price box retail route.

Posted by warthurton

Will it support online multiplayer?