At WWDC this year the folks at EA game took up a significant amount of stage time showing off Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. They told us Madden 08, and Tiger Woods 08 would ship day and date with their Windows counterparts.
Well, on Tuesday Madden 08 was released for just about every platform in the world…but there was no Mac release to be found. Now, EA has officially delayed Madden and Tiger Woods game until September or October of 2007 – but I’ll honestly be surprised if they EVER end up store shelves….why?
Well, it’s not because they’re delayed – that happens in gaming all the time – and with EA’s lack of experience developing for the Mac (since they have been away for a while), it’s this little bit that they told Apple Insider that makes me think something odd is going on.
When AI spoke with a representative from EA they claimed that 4 titles they were porting to the Mac – Battlefield 2142, Command and Conquer 3, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Need for Speed Carbon – were already available on shelves.
But they’re not. EA couldn’t name one single store where you can buy them, and I’ve looked online at places like Amazon, and I can’t even find a place to pre-order them, much less take them home. AI even called around to Apple Stores asking about the software – no one has it. It flat out isn’t out there.
Why would they lie about this?
It makes absolutely no sense. Regardless, that seems to be what they’ve done. So, I’m honestly not sure if we should ever expect them on the Mac.
What do you think?
UPDATE: After every major Apple site on the web reported on EA’s broken promises, and lack of any games in stores on Friday, suddenly the games popped up on Apple.com – and reports started coming late Friday afternoon that the games were shipped and headed to stores.