Football is about to get a whole lot dirtier.
In light of EA's shocking news, Midway has decided to continue production of their Blitz football series, without an NFL license. What this means is that none of the teams or players featured in the NFL will show up in Midway's new Blitz game.
Without the draw created by real teams and players, Midway is taking a different approach to the new Blitz title. They've gone out and hired the writer of the fan-favorite ESPN show Playmakers to craft a story for this new Blitz title. The game will be appropriately titled, Blitz: Playmakers. Midway is hoping the draw of the Playmakers name (while short-lived) will get people to play this new game.
The Blitz name has come under fire from the NFL in the past for being too violent. In fact, an NFL spokesperson has mentioned that they were not going to re-sign with Midway this year. The NFL has also spoken out against Playmakers. The two licenses are a natural fit with each other. Blitz: Playmakers will feature everything the TV show did, including drug use and the not so nice off-field behavior some of the players exhibit.