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Madden adds Legion of Boom . . . to start screen

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After the overhyped Madden franchise used yet another contrived bracket contest to determine the identity of the player who will appear on the cover of this year’s same-old version of the game, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman openly lobbied for the folks at EA to place on the cover the full starting defensive backfield in Seattle, otherwise known as the Legion of Boom.

“I’ve been trying to get the Legion of Boom on the cover, and EA has been fighting me,” Sherman said last month. “So if everybody wants to start a petition to get the Legion of Boom on the cover, here it is, here’s an open invitation.”

A petition was started, and more and more discussion and debate (and in turn attention for this year’s same-old version of the game) were generated.  Through it all, the folks at EA offered no explanation for its reluctance to put the rest of the Legion of Boom on the cover of the game.

Now, EA has announced that Sherman’s three teammates — Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, and Byron Maxwell — will appear with him at the start screen that appears once the game completes its initial loading cycle.  EA claims that the company simply didn’t have time to re-do the cover, given that the process of voting for the athlete to appear on it didn’t begin until after the May 8-10 draft.

“We wish we could have given the fans exactly what they asked for after the Cover Vote ended, but we wanted to make sure you understood why it was difficult,” EA said.

Baloney, we say.  If Thomas, Chancellor, and Maxwell had been featured on the cover of the game, EA would have had to pay them.  Within the confines of the game itself, EA most likely has free rein to use any and all of the NFL and NFLPA-licensed logos and names and images.

That’s the real explanation.  Or at least a very big part of the true explanation.

Regardless, EA provided no explanation when the controversy arose, because the bottom line was that people were talking about this year’s version of the same-old game.  Now that the controversy has died down, EA will generate more publicity for this year’s same-old version of the game by announcing that, while it was too late to put together a new picture for the cover of the game, there was still plenty of time to reconfigure the images at the start screen.

Ultimately it’s about the money.  As in EA not wanting to spend too much of its own on the cover art, and in EA wanting to get you to surrender as much of yours as possible on this year’s same-old version of a franchise that has grown stagnant in the absence of competition.

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73 Responses to “Madden adds Legion of Boom . . . to start screen”
  1. titansbro says: Jul 19, 2014 12:56 AM

    Someone really hates Madden. More if a Tecmo kind of guy I presume?

  2. GreenAndBlueMakesMeSpew says: Jul 19, 2014 12:59 AM

    who cares, only the seachicken fans are going to buy the “same ol’ version” of this game. oneanddone

  3. bag1984 says: Jul 19, 2014 1:00 AM

    LOB

  4. 12hawksfan1976 says: Jul 19, 2014 1:02 AM

    Another Seahawks article. Time for more bizarre Seahawks-hating freaking out from the Vikings…

  5. 12hawksfan1976 says: Jul 19, 2014 1:04 AM

    “Seachicken.” Wow, that is clever. Never heard that before. Some outta sign up as a writer for SNL because that takes some real talent.

  6. trevor123698 says: Jul 19, 2014 1:08 AM

    I played madden 25 for the first time last night since im smart and wait for it to go down to about 12 bucks to buy it. Those who say it didnt change from 13′ to 14′ are crazy. It changed drastically and for the good. well not so much drastically but the plays on the ball in the air are the best theyve ever been. The quarterback play is quite sharp. With any good qb you can drill a sideline out most of the time. That started in 13′ and has improved. Its not perfect but its nowhere near boring to play

  7. smackingfools says: Jul 19, 2014 1:12 AM

    People that claim it’s the ‘same ole version’ are the same people who say that 2k sports made a better football game. And that’s people who haven’t played it in 10 years, if ever.

  8. joroberts10 says: Jul 19, 2014 1:13 AM

    Before Favre went to the jets, he was on the cover of Madden for the Packers, and EA had no issue with making new covers with him as a Jet. They just reek of laziness over at EA right now

  9. gloryfromheaven46 says: Jul 19, 2014 1:37 AM

    “I can’t wait till Madden comes out!”

    Only to witness the only changes are the rosters, for 10 years straight now…

  10. wrathofgodzilla says: Jul 19, 2014 1:38 AM

    If I still had an xbox, I would have the new version of a game that has changed in the last 10 years. Even the last five. And updated rosters is REALLY nice. Give it a chance, Mike. Unless you just have a sour taste from your son beating you at it. Love what you guys do though! Thanks for all the news!!!

  11. vprkilr says: Jul 19, 2014 1:38 AM

    If it weren’t for their Front Four, this defensive backfield wouldn’t be that great.

  12. icallitlikeiseeit67 says: Jul 19, 2014 1:49 AM

    These blowhard’s cant get anything right lol

    #SBhangoveriscoming :)

  13. pauliewalnutsthe2nd says: Jul 19, 2014 1:51 AM

    I think its great! Its a good boost a fan base that just started in 2011.

  14. wizbanginhumdinger says: Jul 19, 2014 2:18 AM

    GreenAndBlueMakesMeSpew says: Jul 19, 2014 12:59 AM

    “who cares, only the seachicken fans are going to buy the “same ol’ version” of this game. oneanddone”….

    Seachickens,….clever,…It boggles the mind to even ponder the cognitive resources required to regurgitate such a tired derivation of “Seahawks”…Way to bring it.

  15. thevikingsarewherecareersend says: Jul 19, 2014 2:21 AM

    Worst company

  16. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 19, 2014 2:29 AM

    It does take a long time to make a new cover, if you don’t have an electronic device designed to accept data, perform prescribed mathematical and logical operations at high speed, and display the results of those operations.

    I prefer Joe Montana Football’s style for the welcome screen. You got a fuzzy picture of Joe and a sort of crisp clear computer voice that simply said “Welcome to Joe Montana Football”. I always thought it was rather cordial and refreshing and I just felt so welcomed and pumped up by the rad music!! When he revives his game I hope he keeps the same title screen and audio, or at least uses that to pass the loading cycle time. Maybe he can be animated for the title screen this time and do the famous welcome himself!

  17. bleedingfacemask says: Jul 19, 2014 2:30 AM

    I’ve always felt that it’s just supposed to be one guy on the cover. There’s obvious respect from Sherman to his teammates to push for the LOB on the cover, but still…it should be one guy.

    But I agree: this is a marketing ploy.

    I won’t buy it. But then again, I refrain from buying anything from EA.

  18. drs12522 says: Jul 19, 2014 2:31 AM

    They would have split Big Mouth’s pay 4 ways. Chill, Dude!

  19. pacificnw7722 says: Jul 19, 2014 2:32 AM

    Legion of Boom will be much more experienced and improved this season……mark it.

  20. norcalseahawkfan says: Jul 19, 2014 2:34 AM

    GreenAndBlueMakesMeSpew says:
    Jul 19, 2014 12:59 AM
    who cares, only the seachicken fans are going to buy the “same ol’ version” of this game. oneanddone

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL
    SUCKS TO BE YOU!
    Seattle Seahawks 43
    Denver Broncos. 8

  21. shotgunchipmunk says: Jul 19, 2014 2:40 AM

    Actually, their explanation is very reasonable. With an August release date, there’s already very little time to get the promotional kit out to distributors/retailers. That’s a big deal, especially for a Triple-A title. Given that it’s crunch time, the fact they actually came up with new art and added it to the game is a great effort and nod to the fans. Say what you want about the Madden franchise, but EA got this one right.

  22. orivar says: Jul 19, 2014 2:45 AM

    Shame Backbreaker devs quit so soon for mobile app games and licensing their engine. It wasn’t perfect but it had a formula that with some work and a few more entries could of been perfected.

    That “Same ol game” really needs some competition but nobody wants to stick around. Make a solid game and people will jump ship besides the “brand” people.

  23. thevikingdefender says: Jul 19, 2014 2:47 AM

    Richard Sherman thinks hes the most important person in the world. That is why I dont like him. He thinks he can get whatever he wants. Im a big madden fan and wish he wasn’t on the 60 dollar game cover I will be purchasing at the end of August. I say let EA sports decide whos gonna be on the cover.

  24. nosleeptilsb says: Jul 19, 2014 3:30 AM

    Wow,…so I guess in some small way the petition worked? Congrats LOB!

  25. 12thman84 says: Jul 19, 2014 3:37 AM

    Go Hawks

  26. osiris33 says: Jul 19, 2014 3:41 AM

    Remember kids, Byron Maxwell is better than your #1 corner.

  27. number1hawkfan says: Jul 19, 2014 4:08 AM

    Legion of boom!!! The vocal minority haters won’t acknowledge it but but this secondary is historic. Years from now people will be talking about them. If you don’t believe me count how many times they’re mentioned throughout the season. Don’t worry Seahawks fans. The hate you hear is only from a few trolls on message boards. The nation knows about the legion of boom. Can’t wait to see Vernon Davis planted like a tree again this year.

  28. syphermce says: Jul 19, 2014 4:23 AM

    Already designed my Redskins Madden cover, featuring Alfred Morris, in Photoshop so I can easily replace the one it comes with later this year.

  29. tangerinediesel says: Jul 19, 2014 5:03 AM

    Will they let us pay extra for a version that isn’t so catered to bandwagon fans? I feel like EA is pushing me away from buying this. Sherman on the cover is bad enough, but to show the Seahawks every time I load the game now?

  30. nonetruerthanblue says: Jul 19, 2014 5:35 AM

    Florio, tell me how you really feel?

    But yeah, EA is definite lying here. It was definitely about the money. And what about Browner and Thurmond too? I know they’re no longer on the team, but the game is celebrating last season players…they should’ve been included.

  31. omeimontis says: Jul 19, 2014 5:36 AM

    Doggone it. EA sports should have put the entire backfield on the cover, so the Madden cover jinx will be on the whole back field, not just Richard Sherman. :)

  32. britishraven says: Jul 19, 2014 5:38 AM

    Is this 4 man title screen the main update this year?

  33. elmaxoh says: Jul 19, 2014 6:41 AM

    What about Browner ?

  34. raiderufan says: Jul 19, 2014 7:18 AM

    They don’t care about how much they have to pay…give me a break. They are making money hand over fist with this game and the deal with the NFL. Just a few years back they released NCAA football 09 with 5 different covers that had Matt Ryan, DeSean Jackson, Owen Schmit, Darren McFadden and a mascot…in 10 they had Brian Orakpo, Brian Johnson, Mark Sanchez and Michael Crabtree. They put Larry Fitzgerald and Troy Polumalu on Madden in 09.

    The logistics of changing course and getting millions of covers printed with new faces seems like a nightmare.

    I believe them in this case despite being that guy who is fed up with getting the same playbook every year with the Raiders…come on! We’ve had about 10 coaches since Gruden and every one of them uses the same playbook?!?

  35. intelligent cement says: Jul 19, 2014 7:41 AM

    Great. Now we have to get the PED expansion pack…

  36. kd75 says: Jul 19, 2014 8:09 AM

    Tecmo Bowl Bo Jackson laughs at you.

    So does QB Eagles…

  37. trollhammer20 says: Jul 19, 2014 8:12 AM

    Madden finds itself a perpetual race now with Call of Duty for “most-milked franchise in gaming”.

    Madden is the same game from the same dev with minor changes every year, but CoD ups the ante with expansion “map packs” that milk customers for an extra $15 each….and one of the maps is going to be a reskinned version of an old map from a previous CoD game, because they’re too cheap to design new ones.

    Oh, and haters….especially haters who are so owned by Seattle they make up screen names based on how much they hate them….remember: There was only one Seattle player who ever served a PED suspension on the Super Bowl roster. Have a great weekend!

  38. mutohasaposse says: Jul 19, 2014 8:21 AM

    I strongly dislike Sherman but I do think it was a helluva move to really lobby for his guys so they got recognition.

  39. bricketh says: Jul 19, 2014 8:38 AM

    To be fair, games are individual projects within a gaming company, and like any project (including films or TV shows or a Windows upgrade at your office), they have budgets that they have to work within. The budget is set at the start of each development cycle, which is well in advance of picking players for the cover, and part of that budget is carved out for packaging, including the cover art. If they had, say, $100,000 set aside for the player that graces the cover, and had to pay the other players to appear too, that would dramatically inflate the cost of the cover, and likely blow up their budget. It doesn’t earn them more sales, as I’m sure their research has shown that the same year over year only receive minor bumps due to the different cover players. How many copies have to sell to make up the overall budget and turn a profit, and then factor how many more in order to make up for quadrupling the cost of the cover alone by adding 4 players instead of one? If Sherman wanted to split his $$$ with the others, or they agreed to appear for free, I’m sure there wouldn’t have been an issue with recreating the cover (contrary to what they said), but games typically release cover art well in advance of the game’s release so it can start gracing store shelves and websites as a “preorder” item.

    I don’t work in games or retail, but it seems a lot like common sense to me to not want to change anything if you are EA… Just manage the publicity you are getting, and understand that it is a small segment of people who actually care.

  40. willnit says: Jul 19, 2014 9:01 AM

    Seachickens, shehawks. Seadderall, etc, etc.
    Getting called names should be flattering. It means your team is doing something right. Stop crying and eat your skittles, Seattle fans.

  41. gregmorris78 says: Jul 19, 2014 9:09 AM

    Ok – great point with Favre cover being a packer and then getting changed to a jet after production actually begun. I remember holding both versions though the packer version might now be a collectible. EA looks bad with their statement and the spokesperson must not have been around very long.

    To Florios point then, maybe EA ought to release multiple covers so that EA can sell more than one to some people!

  42. DonRSD says: Jul 19, 2014 9:17 AM

    Easy pass on Madden, as usual.
    NFL2k5 & APF2k8 are still better.
    The OLine interaction. Double team blocking, passing off blocks, etc.

    Only a fool pays $60 for a roster update and the same plays always work lol.

    #NFL2k

  43. krypticking says: Jul 19, 2014 9:31 AM

    People still play madden? I wouldn’t say it’s the same game over and over again, but it always has exploits that constantly are overused. When I played, it was the rocket catch.

  44. warhammer420 says: Jul 19, 2014 9:46 AM

    Wake me up when 2K or Tecmo makes another football game. I’m not paying 50 bucks for minor tweaks and a roster update.

  45. ajgreenhof says: Jul 19, 2014 9:52 AM

    Who cares Madden is garbage. They should only stick busts on the cover like Gabbert. It’s more accurate with the product they put out every year.

  46. patfic5 says: Jul 19, 2014 9:55 AM

    Seahawks and Madden. Two overrated franchises. Both have cheat codes (PEDs).

  47. johnnycash19 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:08 AM

    “We wish we could have given the fans exactly what they asked for after the Cover Vote ended, but we wanted to make sure you understood why it was difficult,” EA said.
    ———-

    This made me laugh. EA NEVER wants to give fans what they want, if they did, they wouldn’t have Madden 2007 labeled as Madden 2015

  48. clssylssy says: Jul 19, 2014 10:18 AM

    As a Cards fan, I have to say I love Richard Sherman and get a kick out of the guy even when he’s trashtalking our own Patrick Peterson, who is a different kind of Corner and also great. I’ve not always been a fan of Carroll’s but have to give Seattle credit for putting a quality product on the field and the marketing department who created the “12th man”. Playing in a tough division like the west has improved the play of all four teams and it’s a pleasure to see any of our division players on the Cover of such a major source of recognition. Good job Sherm and a classy move lobbying to get the Legion of Boom well deserved recognition.

  49. revelation123 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:35 AM

    “Someone really hates Madden.”
    ————–

    It’s really hard to like the Madden franchise anymore now that they have a monopoly over making NFL games. The Madden Monopoly has done what every other monopoly does; reduce the quality of to product. In fact, some have even argued that NFL games made by other companies a decade ago were of better quality.

  50. seahawksbmx says: Jul 19, 2014 10:36 AM

    “Already designed my Redskins Madden cover, featuring Alfred Morris, in Photoshop so I can easily replace the one it comes with later this year.”
    ———-
    This is why the “Welcome Screen” is a better place than the cover for the LOB image anyway. Can’t replace that one with Denial.
    BTW, the image (that should have accompanied this piece) can be seen on seahawks.com, among other places.

  51. seahawksbmx says: Jul 19, 2014 10:47 AM

    “…but to show the Seahawks every time I load the game now?”
    ———
    Just one of many perks for winning a Lombardi in this era. My current version of Madden shows the SB47 Champion Ravens when I fire it up, as it should. They earned it.

  52. higheriqthanyou says: Jul 19, 2014 10:48 AM

    “The best defensive backfield in the history of the game.”

    — Deion Sanders

  53. Bob says: Jul 19, 2014 10:56 AM

    If it was that big of a deal to Sherman, he should have refused the cover without him. But that would have cost him the endorsement, so that wasn’t a possibility, was it?

  54. Bob says: Jul 19, 2014 10:57 AM

    Without the Legion of Boom, I meant.

  55. joejacks says: Jul 19, 2014 10:57 AM

    The NFL needs to stop the monopoly with EA Sports. They need to let other game makers make football games with the NFL and NFLPA license. For several years buying Madden is buying the same game with just some new players and rankings. Time for something new already!

  56. scoobaj says: Jul 19, 2014 11:19 AM

    Possibly the most complete and deep team ever

  57. narfmoo12 says: Jul 19, 2014 11:21 AM

    2k5 with T.O. on the cover was the best game. If you don’t believe me, then ask yourself why EA immediately bought the exclusive rights after that game came out.

  58. ravens2xworldchamps says: Jul 19, 2014 11:29 AM

    Who cares it’s just the madden cover..

  59. themagicfanguy says: Jul 19, 2014 11:54 AM

    Yeah it’s totally overhyped Florio, that’s why it’s been selling tons of copies and dominating the competition for a quarter of a century. The only people who hate Madden are the people who hate video games in general or the people who suck at Madden.

  60. warhammer420 says: Jul 19, 2014 12:36 PM

    “Yeah it’s totally overhyped Florio, that’s why it’s been selling tons of copies and dominating the competition for a quarter of a century. ”

    Using this logic, I’ve concluded that Mcdonald’s is some of the highest quality food you can buy.

  61. casualmalexlfan says: Jul 19, 2014 12:38 PM

    “Wow!! They are gonna put FOUR players on the start screen??! Oh man ok, NOW I’m going to buy this game!” said nobody.

  62. charmcitychampions says: Jul 19, 2014 1:16 PM

    Earl Thomas < Kam Chancellor < Richard Sherman

    2 elite safeties and an excellent role/scheme player.

  63. senoreno says: Jul 19, 2014 1:58 PM

    Haven’t bought a madden since 2012..Def not gonna buy one with one of the most overrated players of all time on the cover..

  64. stixzidinia says: Jul 19, 2014 3:51 PM

    2k5 with T.O. on the cover was the best game. If you don’t believe me, then ask yourself why EA immediately bought the exclusive rights after that game came out.

    ———————

    2K Sports bid on those same rights at that time. Fact.

  65. winninaintsinnin says: Jul 19, 2014 5:17 PM

    charmcitychampions says:
    Jul 19, 2014 1:16 PM

    Earl Thomas < Kam Chancellor < Richard Sherman

    2 elite safeties and an excellent role/scheme player
    ==================

    You do understand that '<' means 'less than', correct?

    So you're ranking them as Thomas being worst, and then Cam and finally Sherm as best.

    Should be a test before posting. We wouldn't have to put up with many here.

  66. isaidjoemontegna says: Jul 19, 2014 5:23 PM

    A few things…

    1) Seachickens is about as clever as the Whiners. They’re both so stupid.
    2) This article has NOTHING to do with the Niners. So why are you Seahawks fans still railing on the Niners in your comments!? Really seems like an innate inferiority complex from years and years of losing. You definitely have the newest trophy but we had 4 of our 5 before your entire team was born. Must’ve been hard waiting 38 years.
    3) I hope you’re all under 18 yrs old. Because otherwise, it’s really sad that you still play Madden.

  67. usdcoyotesfan says: Jul 19, 2014 5:25 PM

    The Seahawks didn’t beat the Broncos, the Broncos beat themselves.

  68. trollhammer20 says: Jul 19, 2014 7:39 PM

    usdcoyotesfan says:
    Jul 19, 2014 5:25 PM

    The Seahawks didn’t beat the Broncos, the Broncos beat themselves.
    ______________________________

    Thanks for the best laugh I’ve had all day….and that’s really saying something, since norclownmafia has posted a lot today.

  69. pitmancp says: Jul 19, 2014 8:48 PM

    Love the jealous haters !! The hawks stand atop mount Olympus as world champs looking down at the other 31 teams! Santa Clara 9rs lost Super Bowl 47!!! Gotta win when u get there sucker chokers. Clowns still living off joe and Steve still!!! Kapperchoke was pooping in diapers last time they won!!! Losers choke and hate. LOB!!!!

  70. pitmancp says: Jul 19, 2014 8:52 PM

    Go hawks

  71. coltsreign says: Jul 20, 2014 5:14 PM

    I played the madden 25 demo, and honestly i like how it played. graphic wise it felt ps2/xbox ish.
    If i was to but madden 14 or whatevers coming up, then i dont care about the legion of boom being on the cover.

  72. durpbenjy1 says: Jul 20, 2014 5:50 PM

    You’re all Seachickens. Every single one of you.

  73. sweetnlow44 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:43 AM

    isaidjoemontegna says:
    Jul 19, 2014 5:23 PM
    A few things…

    1) Seachickens is about as clever as the Whiners. They’re both so stupid.
    2) This article has NOTHING to do with the Niners. So why are you Seahawks fans still railing on the Niners in your comments!? Really seems like an innate inferiority complex from years and years of losing. You definitely have the newest trophy but we had 4 of our 5 before your entire team was born. Must’ve been hard waiting 38 years.
    3) I hope you’re all under 18 yrs old. Because otherwise, it’s really sad that you still play Madden.

    _______

    What are you talking about? Not one Seahawks fan mentioned the 49ers in this articles’ comments. Get a grip, dude. You’re obviously the one with the inferiority complex.

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