The bone crushing hits. The high velocity touchdown passes. The gaudy celebrations. People remember NFL Blitz
for a lot of different reasons. Above all, it's remembered for its over-the-top arcade gameplay and an alternative to the true-to-life sims that Madden
offers. EA Tiburon, the creators of the Madden
series, have announced that NFL and video game fans won't have to dust off their old systems to refresh their memories of the series, as they are rebooting the franchise.
got to cover the exclusive reveal and was even able to snag an in-person video interview with Blitz
's Project Lead, Dave Ross.
will offer entirely revamped presentation on par with what you'd expect from a current generation console sports game. The fighter jets will fly over before the game, NBA JAM
's wacky announcer, Tim Kitzrow, will handle the play-by-play, and plenty of new game modes will be offered.
The primary off-the-field addition is the new currency system, Blitz Bucks, which are earned in-game and can be used to buy anything from player cards for your fantasy roster to power-ups to loading screens of cheerleaders. Of course the game will also now boast online play, including the ability to join regional leagues with the many other trash talking NFL fans in your area.
As you can see in the video and the new screenshots below, the game's visuals recapture the exaggerated style of previous games in the series. This new installment in the franchise will actually be the first in the series to be handled by EA. All previous iterations were developed by Midway Games. EA has had an exclusive (and controversial) NFL license since the deal was inked in 2004 and will continue to be the exclusive developer of NFL games through at least next year. The only previous Xbox 360 games in the Blitz
series, Blitz: The League
, were entirely NFL-less due to the exclusive license.
NFL Blitz is scheduled to launch on XBLA sometime in January.