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Things used to be so good with sports games.

Not only did we start off release season in July with NCAA Football (oh those were the days!) but we ended in October or November with the newest WWE game. In between all of that madness was a steady stream of sports game releases which were timed well enough to allow people to digest each release before the next one came.

In short, we had a solid four months or so of sports game releases only just a few years ago.

Today not only do we have fewer games, but they're all released in a very short time span.

Madden is released in late August to kick us off, then FIFA, NHL, and NBA 2K all come within a few weeks of each other in September and WWE is all the way into Mid to Early October.

What used to be a four month celebration has turned into a mind-numbing six week sprint.

Does it have to be this way? I don't think so. Its possible a title or two could be moved around to give us more breathing room -- but is it even a big deal? Does anyone else care?

To find out, we're posing a poll question to everyone -- and leave a comment on your thoughts on what could be done (or not done) to fix the release schedule of sports games!

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# 1 DJ @ 12/01/16 11:09 AM
The condensed release schedule is something I'm not a fan of. Speaking just from a personal standpoint, it's hard for me to justify spending money on a new football, hockey, basketball and possible wrestling game within a 60-day window.

Along with the finances, there's also the issue of having enough time to actually play these games. It's difficult to find time to play one of these titles, let alone 3-4, which is unfortunate if you're a fan of the sports and games that are being released annually.

I'm trying to stagger purchases. So far I've only picked up NHL 17 and don't think I'll be getting any other game, as I'd rather invest my time trying to advance my Franchise file in one game than being torn between a handful of games to play.
 
# 2 snc237 @ 12/01/16 11:27 AM
It's pretty compressed now. In my teens madden came out at the beginning of august. Then a month later NHL and then a month later NBA. That was great. Now everything's with in 2 weeks if not more to each other. I have stopped picking up NBA till Christmas now
 
# 3 scottyp180 @ 12/01/16 11:30 AM
I'd like to see the releases spread out a bit more but more importantly I wish the dates were more flexible. I know publishers and many fans want these games released before the start of regular seasons but I wish developers were giving more time to really iron the game and add all the features they want. It would be weird buying madden in say September, after the season started, but if that meant less bugs and more additions than usual I wouldn't complain.

I just feel that these games are on such a tight schedule that it restricts the full capabilities of the developers. Plus with some many games releasing at once there's decisions to be made on what to buy and what game to focus on (a reason I rarely devote my time to one mode or game).
 
# 4 Eyeman79 @ 12/01/16 11:47 AM
I hate the condensed release schedule! and I'll go back even further, I remember when High Heat Baseball was released in February, of course there were multiple titles in each sport at that time so the publishers would jockey for position as to see who released first. Thankful that we're seeing some niche sports games, rugby, lacrosse, etc. being released to "fill in" the down times.
 
# 5 sportomatic75 @ 12/01/16 11:53 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by DJ
The condensed release schedule is something I'm not a fan of. Speaking just from a personal standpoint, it's hard for me to justify spending money on a new football, hockey, basketball and possible wrestling game within a 60-day window.

Along with the finances, there's also the issue of having enough time to actually play these games. It's difficult to find time to play one of these titles, let alone 3-4, which is unfortunate if you're a fan of the sports and games that are being released annually.

I'm trying to stagger purchases. So far I've only picked up NHL 17 and don't think I'll be getting any other game, as I'd rather invest my time trying to advance my Franchise file in one game than being torn between a handful of games to play.
This is exactly how I feel. I didn't bother buying NHL this year because it is the same game, but it's hard to juggle between Madden and NBA 2K with my franchise and MyGM. I really think NBA 2K should release in October instead of September and Madden should release in July. MLB The Show is perfect where it is though.

It's hard to make time for each game and I feel like I am wasting money when I play a game for maybe a month or two and then drop it altogether. That is usually how Madden is for me.
 
# 6 scottyp180 @ 12/01/16 01:33 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by DJ
The condensed release schedule is something I'm not a fan of. Speaking just from a personal standpoint, it's hard for me to justify spending money on a new football, hockey, basketball and possible wrestling game within a 60-day window.

Along with the finances, there's also the issue of having enough time to actually play these games. It's difficult to find time to play one of these titles, let alone 3-4, which is unfortunate if you're a fan of the sports and games that are being released annually.

I'm trying to stagger purchases. So far I've only picked up NHL 17 and don't think I'll be getting any other game, as I'd rather invest my time trying to advance my Franchise file in one game than being torn between a handful of games to play.
Wish I read this before my original post, well said and completely agree. Learned my lesson after the last two years and only bought madden and nba this year for sports games. Still I mostly stick to quick play offline games. Not enough time to invest into something like a franchise mode without neglecting the other games I own. Kudos to those that have the time and passion for it.
 
# 7 integer @ 12/01/16 02:10 PM
The football games should release1-2 weeks before start of new season, not after 3-4 games have already been played. Also if the WWE games are shifted from November to January (around Royal Rumble), this should free up some space.
 
# 8 poulka @ 12/01/16 03:55 PM
I agree with everyone here a more spread out schedule is needed.
 
# 9 sheredia @ 12/01/16 10:00 PM
can't these franchises go every other year? most wouldn't complain....just update the rosters for the off year and add some dlc, that's all. i mean, how much changes from year to year? unless you are adding something significant, then i don't see the point.....
 
# 10 voodoo_magic @ 12/01/16 10:37 PM
Because of games often having bugs and glitches that badly need patching before starting a stable franchise not to mention fine tuning sliders and waiting for better rosters a person could stagger their games but it's tough holding off on your favorite games when you come on to OS and see all the hype.
 
# 11 bukktown @ 12/01/16 10:41 PM
The only thing that annoys me is FIFA releasing a month after the season starts.
If It came out 3-4 weeks earlier I would be 100% content.
 
# 12 BadAssHskr @ 12/02/16 12:49 AM
I'd be full down with a spead out release schedule, keeping in mind, im only playing Madden.

A. You can continue your franchise iteration to iteration.
B. It's accessible online.
C. Year round continuous support, often.
D. Big strides per release date.

For the release calender to be more spread out, during the current iteration, all small aspects of the game have to improve, the little things that are constantly discussed, better animations, stats, qba, punting, game mgmt. commentary. Fix the small thing, improve on the field, etc.

Then, the new release has to be big. Graphics, performance, features, modes.

There seems to be a ton of potential, people will always buy the game.
 
# 13 Black Bruce Wayne @ 12/02/16 01:02 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by voodoo_magic
Because of games often having bugs and glitches that badly need patching before starting a stable franchise not to mention fine tuning sliders and waiting for better rosters a person could stagger their games but it's tough holding off on your favorite games when you come on to OS and see all the hype.
No they cant. All of these companies have shareholders/investors. Try explaining to your investors that you you wont be releasing a product this year. For, example Madden is a Billion dollar franchise. All the people invested in it, shareholders, devs, and a bunch of other people on the payroll would not appreciate the stop in cash flow for a year. Imagine if your job said "Hey, we are going to shutdown for a year. Good luck finding a paycheck in the meantime" Its a
 
# 14 Smooth Pancakes @ 12/02/16 07:45 AM
I'm in the same boat that all these games releasing so close together as basically turned it into a Battle Royale for what games I'm willing to buy each year. I've gotten Madden the last year or two, skipped FIFA this year, haven't bought a new NHL in probably 2 or 3 years, haven't bought a new NBA in probably 2 or 3 years, and skipped this year's WWE (for now), just because they all release so damn close together.

I'm also more likely to skip sports game purchases depending on how full the non-sports game release schedule is. This year was packed! Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1, Watch Dogs 2, COD IW/MW4, Final Fantasy 15, Mafia 3, MGS 5 Definitive Edition, ROTTR, Gears of War 4, Skyrim Remastered, Dishonored 2, AC: Ezio Collection, Dead Rising 4, The Last Guardian, etc.

There have been so many big name games released just since October alone, then try to shell out money for a bunch of sports games in a 2 or 3 week period in September before all that? Yeah, unfortunately the sports games are the first on the chopping block for me, if anything, because I know there will be a brand new version coming out the very next year, or I can just wait until late winter or spring when the prices start getting slashed on the sports games, or even just wait until they show up in the EA Access Vault and play them then.

If the sports games were a bit more spread out (or hell, ALL of the AAA title games were spread out more), I'd be more willing to buy more of them. Instead, I spend hundreds of dollars between September and December every year now, and then likely don't spend another dime on video games until maybe March or April, and then not again after that until the next cycle starts all over again in the fall later that year. The release cycles for all video games pretty much revolve around two periods of September-December and March-April, with an occasional big game sprinkled in every now and then here and there the rest of the year.
 
# 15 GlennN @ 12/02/16 11:52 AM
I play games typically in the sport's actual season, so the release calendar works for me. Though this is the first year I am taking an "every other year" approach to EA Sports. I am staying with Madden 16 and NHL 16 this year.
 
# 16 DJ @ 12/02/16 12:55 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by GlennN
I play games typically in the sport's actual season, so the release calendar works for me. Though this is the first year I am taking an "every other year" approach to EA Sports. I am staying with Madden 16 and NHL 16 this year.
I'm doing that with Madden 16 and NBA 2K16. I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything, really.
 
# 17 Thrash13 @ 12/02/16 02:47 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by bukktown
The only thing that annoys me is FIFA releasing a month after the season starts.
If It came out 3-4 weeks earlier I would be 100% content.
A month after the season starts? It releases almost at the end of the season for hardcore MLS fans! Haha. I'm being silly in all honesty, and I know the true soccer calendar starts in August with Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, etc.

If FIFA released the first week of August and Madden the first week of September, it would help things a little for me anyway. And if the WWE games were moved to January like another person posted, that would make things even better. I've gotten the WWE games for years, but I always end up letting it sit on the shelf until after the 1st of the year. I get why everyone wants to release before Christmas, but when it comes to WWE, there's always tons more buzz around it on the Road to Mania.
 
# 18 JGeorge07 @ 12/03/16 03:05 PM
WWE 2K should come out in April ahead of WrestleMania. No idea why it doesn't.

For the other leagues, the schedule lines up with their season, so what can you do? MLB is in the spring at least.
 
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