Sports games tend to roll out like clockwork with annual iterations. Electronic Arts' major franchises, like Madden, NHL, and FIFA are set to launch new entries this year. But now, there's a mysterious unknown sports game joining them.
In today's financial earnings report from Electronic Arts, the publisher confirmed an unannounced EA Sports title is on the way and set for fiscal year 2021. Alongside that, EA states one more HD game, as well as four partner titles and two mobile games remain unannounced.
What sports franchise EA might bring back around is up in the air. NBA Live 20 was canceled last year, with EA CEO Andrew Wilson saying NBA Live would be leaning into "leading-edge platforms" in the future. Meanwhile, franchises like Skate have spun their wheels, though a recent podcast interview with pro skater Jason Dill revived rumors of a new Skate—albeit a mobile one.
That's not even counting deeper cuts, like the fantastic Fight Night or the possibility of an NCAA revival off recent legislation. I'm not getting my hopes high for the latter, though.
Whatever happens, with the lack of real-life sports due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, virtual sports are the next-best salve for aching sports fans. While that could have an adverse effect on some sports games, it could also lead to some interesting twists. We're likely to learn more in the coming weeks and months, as EA is listed among the participants in the Summer Game Fest, the four-month season of game news filling the void of big shows like E3 2020.