Madden NFL, after a decade’s absence from PC gaming, will return to Windows PC this fall with Madden NFL 19, Electronic Arts’ chief executive, Andrew Wilson, announced today at EA’s keynote kicking of E3.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the Madden franchise, which originally published as John Madden Football for a variety of personal computers on June 1, 1988. The last Madden NFL to publish for PC was Madden NFL 08 in 2007.
EA Sports’ decision to abandon the platform in early 2008 was met with the full-throated indignation of the PC gaming community, and began a steep decline in sports video gaming on that platform. From 2009 to present day, EA Sports’ only PC-published series was the FIFA soccer series. The only other licensed sports video games on PC in that era were 2K Sports’ NBA 2K and MLB 2K series, Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer, and Codemasters’ F1 series.