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According to a few reports, there are no plans for a sequel to All-Pro Football 2K8 this year.
  • @ GameSpot

    Quote:
    "As for last year's franchise debut of All-Pro Football, it apparently didn't make the cut. When asked about the absence of a football game on the company's release schedule, Take-Two execs said it had been taken off the slate, but they were continuing to weigh their options."
  • @ FiringSquad

    Quote:
    "There will not be a new football title from 2K Sports this year (the company released the non-NFL licensed All-Pro Football 2K8 in 2007) but Take Two execs stated they are still looking at perhaps releasing a new football game sometime in the future."

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# 1 LBzrule @ 03/11/08 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by eaglesfan27
According to a gamespot article today in which Take Two executives were talking about financial performance and which games were being worked on, they said that All Pro Football did NOT make the cut and that it wasn't on the slate for release. However, they said, they are still "weighing their options."

http://www.gamespot.com/news/6187563...stnews;title;3
Which is what me and BK have been saying the entire time . It's not even being worked on at this point, but from a company standpoint I understand their decision.
 
# 2 eDotd @ 03/11/08 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by bkrich83
I know exactly why you are saying this.

I'll reiterate what LBZ has said, I wouldn't put a whole lot of stock in 2k9 being "Confirmed".
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Originally Posted by LBzrule
People please do no take this as confirmation that the game will come out. Well it's up to you.
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Originally Posted by LBzrule
I don't see it empty. Things always change. I'm just saying do not get your hopes up because you just might get disappointed.
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Originally Posted by LBzrule
Great list. But there is a downside. I'm gonna say it one last time and I hate to say it. Unless something has changed I can almost guarantee that you are already playing your 2k9.
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What I mean is I can almost guarantee that there will be no football game released from 2kSports come June/July/August.
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Not trying to keep my hopes low. Trying to keep you guys hope low. And trust me, if anything comes out I will be completely stunned and surprised. BK has been trying to get the same message across.
 
# 3 Trojan Man @ 03/11/08 08:00 PM
Dammit. I love this game. I get the industry part and the good business sense part, but a part of me dies with this game/franchise. Melodramatic, yet, but none the less true for that. Thank God I have The Show.
 
# 4 Valdarez @ 03/11/08 08:15 PM
That's weird, I just talked with the 2K Sports Community Manager yesterday...

I don't think it's off the slate. If it is, then they haven't informed their staff yet. lol
 
# 5 bkfount @ 03/11/08 09:43 PM
oh well..

take two will be gobbled up by this fall anyways.
 
# 6 DocHolliday @ 03/11/08 10:28 PM
This is terrible news.

APF is one of my favorite games of all time. The Online game was just a thing of beauty.

I think I had over 220 games online, so that rounds out to about 200 hours of gameplay.

I dont think I have ever played a game that much in my life.

Very sad day for us. Im keepin 2K8.

Pour one out for em boys.
 
# 7 DocHolliday @ 03/11/08 10:29 PM
BTW.

Valderez, where the hell were u getting your information? You really had my hopes up and now they are dashed.
 
# 8 JBucc @ 03/11/08 11:28 PM
I'll just copy what I posted on the MM thread:

APF had great gameplay but was basically half a game, if you're not interested in online play it has nothing for you. They rushed it out as quickly as they could to beat Madden. Considering that I think it sold decent. They should at least make one with a full year dev cycle and not six months. Give it a full franchise mode as deep as 2k5 and then some. The presentation is already miles ahead of EA but not as good as 2k5's, so raise the bar again.

If they did that and gave it good customization, I think it would sell at least 500k. Without the NFL license it will never overtake Madden but there are enough people sick of EA that it can do well enough to make money.

Very sad if this ends up being their final decision, and I think a bad one.
 
# 9 CaptainZombie @ 03/12/08 12:27 AM
This really sucks if true.
 
# 10 EXboxur @ 03/12/08 01:01 AM
...but........

APF + Backbreaker = Great game!
 
# 11 TheBadazz @ 03/12/08 01:34 AM
hopefully they will change their minds. At least go with a once every 2 years thing.
 
# 12 BaseballCtchr @ 03/12/08 02:18 AM
TT doesnt have two years.
 
# 13 sportsdude @ 03/12/08 02:22 AM
well I'm glad I kept my copy of 2k8. Still, I hope this means we haven't seen the end of 2K football forever. I've been a 2K football fan since NFL2K on the Dreamcast and I just can't stand the product put out by the competition.
 
# 14 Valdarez @ 03/12/08 02:29 AM
I think it's important to notice that it just isn't on the release slate, which doesn't mean that it's canceled. Those are two completely different things. I know things can move fast, but I have a hard time believing it's gone from being in development yesterday to canceled today without that information propagating through out the company to the person I spoke with on the phone.

I'm a glass is half full type of guy, and the only thing that article shows me is that APF2K9 currently isn't on the October release date schedule.

I think the GameSpot guys were expecting the game to be released when Madden was released, and wrote the story with a bit of a negative spin. Remember in the Quarterly Conference call the last quarter that they indicated they were looking at pricing points and, yep you guessed it, release dates!
 
# 15 sportsdude @ 03/12/08 02:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Valdarez
I think it's important to notice that it just isn't on the release slate, which doesn't mean that it's canceled. Those are two completely different things. I know things can move fast, but I have a hard time believing it's gone from being in development yesterday to canceled today without that information propagating through out the company to the person I spoke with on the phone.
dude I'm glad you're optimistic about it, but the writing's been on the wall for a while now. I think this just helps confirm it as close as possible as dead without actual word from 2K saying it's officially been canceled.
 
# 16 Crimsontide27 @ 03/12/08 02:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Valdarez
I think it's important to notice that it just isn't on the release slate, which doesn't mean that it's canceled. Those are two completely different things. I know things can move fast, but I have a hard time believing it's gone from being in development yesterday to canceled today without that information propagating through out the company to the person I spoke with on the phone.

I'm a glass is half full type of guy, and the only thing that article shows me is that APF2K9 currently isn't on the October release date schedule.

I think the GameSpot guys were expecting the game to be released when Madden was released, and wrote the story with a bit of a negative spin. Remember in the Quarterly Conference call the last quarter that they indicated they were looking at pricing points and, yep you guessed it, release dates!

Lol if they were planning on it releasing in October anyways. Game wouldnt sell 50k copies if that was the street date.

Majority of all football fans would have already shelled out $120+ for NCAA and Madden by then. Only way AP2K would stand a snowballs chance is to release while the hype is building for the NCAA / Madden games. ( And this doesnt mean release it a day after NCAA )

Release it in early June when everyone is clamoring around for every football tidbit of information that they can get and people wilk buy it. If it sucks, they would just trade it in for NCAA / Madden anyways, but 2k already has made their sale.

If October + is what you are suggesting for a release date, then the people in charge of 2k have absolutley no business sense whatsoever.
 
# 17 rrobbone @ 03/12/08 03:00 AM
The way I see it, there are four possibilities that may happen to give video football fans what they really want: a fully realized, realistic, well developed and full featured football game with outstanding graphics, true to life A.I., the NFL, and fun in spades. They are as follows:


Scenario 1:Take Two tells EA where they can stash their huge wads of cash and in trying to reverse and improve the company's fiscal outlook, decides to focus on the IPs that have the most potential for strong sales. GTA 4 releases and does very well at retail, spurring new development for established franchises, including All Pro Football. APF 2K9 is shelved, but APF 2K… uh… APF 2Kten (I guess) enjoys a longer development cycle, more legends, online like you wouldn’t believe, and is one of the greatest football games ever made, NFL or no. EA then jealously cries all over its money and mourns what might have been.

Odds of it actually coming true: 20 to 1. Last week Iwould've been a little more confident about this one, but since we now know about some of Take Two's major stockholders dumping large chunks of shares and one or two of them actually bringing lawsuits against the board in the wake of the publically announced EA buyout attempt, it's looking less likely. Especially the EA crying part. Nobody cries on huge piles of cash.


Scenario 2: Take Two is purchased by EA. The employees at Visual Concepts are faced with a choice to be folded into EA or dismissed (or maybe they don't get a choice). Many ex-VC developers join Natural Motion, developers of Backbreaker, the only other high profile football game left. Backbreaker is delayed a bit, but is improved. It sells modestly, but is picked up for another year and eventually becomes APF with amazing physics.


Odds: Maybe 50 to 1. Backbreaker is far enough into development that the whole VC crew coming over with cases of beer to help wouldn't change the game a whole lot for this year's version unless it was delayed substantially. You can't delay the release of a football game, people want it near the beginning of football season. As for Backbreaker 2010, if Backbreaker 2009 isn’t completely astounding, it too will drown in the wake of the Madden juggernaut, and there will be no 2010 for Natural Motion’s football game.


Scenario 3: EA buys Take Two and merges VC with its own Tiburon studios, the two sides shake hands and make nicey-nice. After all, these two teams did make some great games in the past; logic dictates that the blending of the two developers could only improve their chances to make a brilliant football simulation. With more talent to develop the game, they could produce more within the standard development cycle and we would cease to see games lacking in previously standard features year after year. Think of it, everything you loved about both franchises back in the day would return. Let Tiburon handle the teams, player ratings, and game modes, and let VC handle A.I., online/multiplayer, and presentation and you've suddenly got a game that would make heads spontaneously explode. Oh, Lord in heaven, I hope this happens…. Also, as a result, NBA 2K dissolves but NBA Live rises from the ashes to take its place as the must have hoops title. And Sony continues to quietly make excellent baseball games.


Odds: Hmmm, (strokes beard): I’m thinking 100 to 1 for the formation of the Justice League of Football Developers, 3 to 1 that EA eventually buys Take Two, 75 to 1 NBA Live is ever good again, and 1.5 to 1 that MLB ’09 The Show will be amazing.


EA's track record speaks for itself. If EA owns Take Two, the VC team would suffer final humiliation, slowly and solemnly being handed their hats, one by one as they take their severance and walk out the door. Then Tiburon throws a lavish victory celebration for themselves, foolishly squandering time and resources that they should be using to regain the once great status of their games. EA, once again, with no real competition or any reason to change anything, doesn’t. Madden sells another metric sh*tload of copies.


Scenario 4: EA buys Take Two, eliminates VC, and with no other competition in the football marketplace save for an upstart title from an unproven developer, makes the sports gamers of the world do the gaming equivalent of kneeling before Zod. Madden's sales continue to rise, even as EA continues to let the game descend into something less and less resembling the sport we love. EA makes press releases touting Peyton Manning as being the first player with a 'commercially viable' rating of 102, as if we cared. The vision cone returns, "but maybe you'll really like it this time." EA announces German and Chinese language versions in an attempt to reach new markets, Pat Summerall makes a return to the booth and Brett Favre becomes a sideline announcer after receiving a glowing recommendation from John Madden, among a million other little sideways improvements to change Madden enough to scroll the number on the outside of the box one year higher.


Odds: Bingo. I'm sorry to say this, but EA doesn't love you. EA doesn't love football. EA loves your money. We'll either play Backbreaker or get used to forking over sixty bones every year for a sub-par, barely improved roster update. The only other option is to enjoy things like GTA 4 (ironically putting more cash in EA's pockets) and waiting a couple years to see how they dilute the GTA 5, Bioshock 2, and Mass Effect 2 experiences. Don't get me wrong, EA does make some great stuff, (skate, for one) and I don't hate them, I just want them to stop coasting and resting on past accomplishments.


EA, hurry up and make a truly great football game like you used to.

As if your market share depended on it, as it once did.


Until then, I just won’t play new sports games.
 
# 18 Valdarez @ 03/12/08 04:01 AM
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Originally Posted by rrobbone
Odds of it actually coming true: 20 to 1. Last week I would've been a little more confident about this one, but since we now know about some of Take Two's major stockholders dumping large chunks of shares and one or two of them actually bringing lawsuits against the board in the wake of the publically announced EA buyout attempt, it's looking less likely.
It's not major stockholders that are bringing suit. It's one person on the 'behest' of the shareholders, and probably a lawyer looking to make a quick $$$.

http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/20...ref=technology
 
# 19 VCdolphin @ 03/12/08 04:44 AM
I'm not shocked, but certainly disappointed. I was hoping a very customizable APF 2K9 would be given a chance to improve on the 2K8 sales.

I wonder if GTA4 doing HUGE numbers (even beyond expectations) and making T2 flush with cash, would put them in the mood to give some marginal games like APF 2K9 a chance? Certainly, with the game engines already done, adding a few features wouldn't be all that expensive.

I'm hoping that the UFL (United Football League) ,which will start in August 09, is interested in having a UFL football videogame. It would be a win-win for both sides, as 2K Sports would have a real league, with real players, and the UFL can benefit from the advertising effect of the videogame. Plus they can update the game every year with new rosters and some game tweaks, which spreads the cost of the game engines out over several years, not just one.

In any event, I went from NOTHING on my 360, to having 2K5 become BC, and APF 2K8 as a fun online game. I've clocked in 150+ hours on 2K8, so I don't regret a penny of that $60 I spent on it.

I guess I'll keep a close eye on details about Backbreaker and the Tecmo football games, though there are so many things to "get right" in a football game, that I can't see a first year game being very good. Certainly not like a APF 2K9 could have been...
 
# 20 Rocky @ 03/12/08 07:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Valdarez
I think it's important to notice that it just isn't on the release slate, which doesn't mean that it's canceled. Those are two completely different things. I know things can move fast, but I have a hard time believing it's gone from being in development yesterday to canceled today without that information propagating through out the company to the person I spoke with on the phone.

I'm a glass is half full type of guy, and the only thing that article shows me is that APF2K9 currently isn't on the October release date schedule.

I think the GameSpot guys were expecting the game to be released when Madden was released, and wrote the story with a bit of a negative spin. Remember in the Quarterly Conference call the last quarter that they indicated they were looking at pricing points and, yep you guessed it, release dates!
Only problem with that is.....why would they release it at the same time as NBA 2K9 and NHL2K9? I just don't see it.

But as long as I have a broadband connection, I will be playing this game online come football season unless Madden and NCAA make HUGE strides.
 

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