“Opportunity knocks once in a lifetime yo!”
This line, originating from the song Lose Yourself by Eminem, sums up a mantra of modern society. At the current moment, opportunity is banging at the door of EA and the AFL’s joint apartment.
Recently, the NCAA declined not to renew its’ deal with Electronic Arts. EA will no longer be producing NCAA College Football games, a huge seller in game markets. With such a colossal source of revenue dispatched by the wayside, what to fo?
The answer originated seven years ago. that year, the Seattle Seahawks were led to the Superbowl by Matt Hasselbeck.
In 2006, EA produced a video game known as Arena Football. The first of its’ kind, it included teams from both the past and present. The game featured a popular Multiplayer Mode, keeping gamers connected. While it has its’ flaws, Arena Football was an up-and-coming title in the gaming circuit.
The game received mixed reviews. Imagine Games Network rated the game an 8.3. Writer Jonathan Miller writes:
Here’s a great sequence that sums up Arena Football. It’s the fourth quarter, and with four seconds remaining in the game, the Arizona Rattlers scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion to go up by six points over my San Jose Sabercats. All is lost, right? In Arena Football, you will quickly learn, no game is ever out of reach.
Miller goes on to describe that defensively, the possibilities are endless: “Factor in the Arena walls and you can do everything short of manslaughter.” GameSports Asia rated the game at a 6.9, citing the fact that “presentational components are lacking,” and that “season mode is pretty barren.”
The issues present in the previous versions also arose in EA’s Madden NFL. Since then, they have been thoroughly corrected by EA developers. If a new Arena Football game were to be made, these problems would be nowhere near it. Arena Football could become one of EA’s best sellers, as the high-scoring nature of the sport bodes well for gaming. Arena Football would be a unique blend of Madden NFL’s football aspect and the arena setting of NBA Live.
The fact of the matter is, this is a business pairing made in Wall Street heaven. For EA, it is a chance to rekindle the success of the previous game, while replacing the revenue of NCAA Football. For Arena Football, it is a chance to expand in popularity. A league of 14 teams–and counting–possesses the potential EA would desire. Fans of FIFA, Maden NFL, MLB The Show, and NHL will be awestruck by the fast pasce of Arena Football. A new fanbase could grow as a result of the gaming fandom this title would cause.
Opportunity is truly knocking. It’s time for EA and Arena Football to welcome it in.