After years of fans suggesting it, EA sounds like they are considering a halt in yearly Madden and FIFA titles. EA's Andrew Wilson shared the news with the media in a recent interview and suggested the future in both franchises could be in subscriptions that provide roster updates:
“We can really think about those games as a 365-day, live service.”
Wilson stopped short of confirming EA might begin this trend with the next edition of games that roll out, but before fans get too excited over this news...let's remember who we're dealing with here. As it stands right now, the changes year to year in Madden and FIFA titles is minimal at best...so EA is practically already doing that. They're also selling well, and have sold well for a very long time, so it's not like money is an issue.
So why would EA be down for killing their cash cow? The simple answer is, they wouldn't, and when EA says they're considering making the game a subscription service...they're actually saying "We want to sell you the same game at the same price yearly with roster updates." I could be wrong on that, but once again, what gaming company are we dealing with here?
That said, I'm not wholly against the idea, although if Madden and Fifa are going to take a longer break between titles I better see more than incremental updates between copies that do get released in the future. How do you feel about EA potentially doing this?