Madden gets new creative director

MLB The Show developer Kolbe Launchbaugh has announced he is leaving to take on the role of creative director of the Madden series as of January 9.

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The Madden series is getting a new creative director starting early next year. Kolbe Launchbaugh, who has been working at Sony on the MLB The Show series, will make the transition as of January 9.

In a personal note on Operation Sports (via Joystiq), Launchbaugh outlines his plans and thanks fans of the MLB series. "I'm sure many of you will follow along as I get to know that "sub community" while I learn and interact with the Madden fans on the site," he said. "This is a huge change in my career, and a huge change for my family."

This will fill the vacancy from April when Ian Cummings left as Madden creative director. Given the rolling development of Madden titles, the feature set for next year might already be set, which means we may see more direct influence from Launchbaugh in Madden NFL 14.

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    December 23, 2011 3:30 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Madden gets new creative director.

    MLB The Show developer Kolbe Launchbaugh has announced he is leaving to take on the role of creative director of the Madden series as of January 9.

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      December 23, 2011 3:40 PM

      sports games have creative directors?

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        December 23, 2011 6:06 PM

        Tighten up the graphics at Petco Park.

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      December 23, 2011 4:48 PM

      this has to be good news

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      December 23, 2011 5:14 PM

      That is bad news for The Show, and great news for Madden. Fuck.

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      December 23, 2011 5:41 PM

      I would love to see a complete Madden overhaul from the graphics up through the gameplay. Completely shake it up. Of course, that would be silly as it still sells millions of copies a year rehashing the same tired shit, but I would love to see something fresh.

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        December 23, 2011 5:54 PM

        Madden = Porsche. Sadly, we have no Ferrari, BMW, Mercedes, etc. as competition because of NFL licensing.

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          December 23, 2011 6:53 PM

          Madden is no Porsche. Maybe a Dodge Caravan

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            December 23, 2011 7:21 PM

            Nah, it's not a terrible game. They just found a winning design and never risked changing it - just updating it

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      December 27, 2011 8:07 AM

      oooh !!! Sony spy creeps in to kill the Madden franchise !!!!