No Madden NFL 15 demo coming this year

The team will instead be devoted to finishing up the full game.


For the past ten years or so, Electronic Arts has delivered a Madden demo before the release of the latest edition of the football franchise, just to give players a taste of what to expect. This time out, however, it appears the team won't be taking the field early.

EA Sports has confirmed that there will not be a demo for Madden NFL 15, as, according to a representative who spoke with Polygon, the team will instead focus on finishing the game. "The difficult decision not to do a demo for Madden was strictly a result of the team's commitment to deliver the highest-quality game possible. We chose to put 100 percent of our development resources toward the full game," said the EA rep.    

That's not to say that players are left without any options, as those that own an Xbox One will be able to try out the game early through EA Access, provided that they're a subscriber.

It's a bummer to break tradition like EA Sports did with the demos, though some football fans may still be tempted to hit the field when Madden NFL 15 arrives on August 26th.

From The Chatty
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    August 11, 2014 5:00 PM

    Robert Workman posted a new article, No Madden NFL 15 demo coming this year.

    The team will instead be devoted to finishing up the full game.

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      August 11, 2014 5:35 PM

      Not like you need a demo for a game that hasn't fundamentally changed in 10 years.

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        August 11, 2014 5:37 PM

        this is obviously hyperbole but I would not be surprised in the least if Madden was one of the many games who finds demos only hurt sales and not help

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          August 11, 2014 5:42 PM

          think for a game like madden which shits out a gazillion sales every year it simply does not matter.

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            August 11, 2014 5:47 PM

            quite possible, although Madden sales did drop a ton around the 06-09 era due to extreme sucking. They had to do a bunch of community outreach and demos to repair some faith in the development team. They have even less competition than usual too, since the NCAA games don't exist anymore. Madden is not just the only NFL game, it's the only football game period.

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      August 11, 2014 5:55 PM

      But apparently there will be an early access "trial" if you sign up for EA Access.

      Seems legit.

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        August 11, 2014 6:10 PM

        they had the same thing last year if you had the EA season pass. It's shitty but Madden demos also were not very good at showcasing the game and creating a good one is really expensive. I can't really fault them for doing what most of the industry does now even though I wish there still was a demo and try basically every EA sports demo every year.

        As an example, if they put a lot of work into franchise mode (as they have the last couple years) how do you show that in a demo? How do you showcase AI without giving people a full 4 5min quarter game that leads to them just playing the demo over and over instead of buying the game? (standard demo problem)

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      August 11, 2014 6:38 PM

      I'm just sad there's no Sunday Ticket bundle this year so I can buy it and sell the game after getting access.

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      August 11, 2014 6:42 PM

      I havent bought madden in years because its a fucking joke how stale it is.

      That ea contract ruined everything. Blah blah blah whine from me