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2K Sports Announces All-Pro Football 2K8

It seems the year-old speculation has come to fruition as 2K Sports is looking to pull the pigskin out from its temporary retirement.

Roughly three years following the infamous Electronic Arts video game exclusivity deal with the National Football League, the company, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., has announced it is back in the game with All-Pro Football 2K8.

While the Madden series has enjoyed being the only NFL game in town with a 10-year deal, it hasn’t stopped other football publishers from thinking outside the box. Midway’s Blitz: The League carried on with the series and takes players inside a fictional, more brutal reflection of the professional sport.

Much of the officially titled All-Pro Football 2K8’s speculation centers around the possibility the game will feature classic football players no longer active in the NFL (much like how Lawrence Taylor and Bill Romanowski are featured in The League).

The only definite details on the new title right now stem from the company’s claims of bringing the “legendary game play, innovative features and outstanding visual quality sports gamers have come to expect from 2K Sports.”

“Football gamers have been awaiting the return of the 2K series,” said Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. “All-Pro Football 2K8 will deliver an authentic next-generation gridiron experience and we are happy to give fans another choice in the football category.”

Currently, the company is only stating the game will be available on “next-generation video game systems.” This would seem to indicate Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions are a shoe-in to receive the company’s comeback effort with possibilities for the Nintendo Wii and portables, but we’ll have to await official word to know for sure.

Visual Concepts’ 2K series as we know it launched as a staple franchise on the Sega Dreamcast during its Sept. 9, 1999 launch in the United States with NFL 2K. The game enjoyed three iterations up to NFL 2K2 until Sega’s decision to develop as a third party publisher. NFL 2K3 entered in on the Xbox, Playstation 2 and GameCube and the company pushed forward with 2K4 and 2K5 titles for the Xbox and PS2 until EA snagged its exclusivity deal.

At this time, All-Pro Football 2K8 is scheduled for a summer release.

Blogcritics will report more on the series as information becomes available.

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    Wow theres no real plyersz.

  • http://2455767 you

    there are tons opf reall players ask anyone

  • http://2455766 me

    even ask johgn madden

  • http://2455767 you

    i just looked it up yor an idiot there all real eat it

  • http://2455766 me

    there all real… real losers!!!!

  • http://2455767 you

    you shourl all realoize that the bears are going to win the super bowl against the C.O.L.T.S aka COUNT ON LOOSING THE SUPERBOWL

  • http://2455766 me

    this game is horrible

  • Chuck

    If anything 2k8 will improve Madden, EA has put out two average football games without any compition and now they have to live up to the hype to maintain any lead. I like Madden and will continue to buy Madden only if they improve the game. It is about more then graphics.

  • http://www.budzodesigns.com/ Chris

    Madden 2007 for the 360 was the worst Madden yet, and I hope 2k blows it out of the water this year. First they made them jog like monkeys, (see Madden 2005-2006) and then they turned them into juggernauts (2007). I still play 2k5 with updated rosters and it’s better than Madden 07.

  • C Dubya

    Forget what you’ve seen or heard about 2K8.
    EA Sports put up or step down and hand over your liscence and registration please. Also, you better have insurance so you can continue to drive your weak sprorts games into the market.

  • bayareasportsfan except EASports

    Dude Madden2k7 is horrable and you guys never changed the mechanics for the better. Same thing i see from genesis except more buttons and better videocard. I still say NFL2K5 is better than these lazy programmers from EA and you are noticing the decline in sales. NFL did not think about the football fans and the competition amongs software companies to make a better innovative game. While EA same thing since 89-to-2007 madden same mechanics. All I see is EA copying all of NFL2k5 lol like the L trigger to make the QB run, first person perspective, the plowing with the running back backwards, etc. I have All-Pro 2k8 reserved already. Oh yeah, I sure hope Takes two use Hall of fame players and the great teams of the past. I mean look madden went to the hall of fame and now they need to change the name of madden to something else. If your in the hall of fame EA cannot use their names. Just numbers. The makers of the NFL2K series has much more talent and creativity than EA. Speaking of the the NFL2K on Dreamcast 0.o I would rather play that then madden07. With all do respect of course =) I love the 2K series.

  • Jesus

    I’m sorry, EA needs to die. They are HORRIBLE! How about the “falling” sound when you throw deep passes? Is that not RIDICULOUSLY STUPID or what? The 2K sieries KILLS madden. Playbooks, gameplay, graphics, presentation, EVERYTHING. The NFL needs to void that aggreement, because we the fans are getting screwed. I just hope that some bright hacks post the NFL rosters/team uniforms/logos for us to download. And I hope like HELL that 2K will have the great teams of the past, like my favorite of all time, the 1994-95 49ers baby! PLEASE GOD!!!

  • DeezNUTS

    Y’all need to stay in school. Learn how to SPELL! Damn!