New Backbreaker Football Game Announced… Madden May Have Some Competition Again!


Watch your back EA, Madden may have some strong competition to contend with like it used to before you bought up the NFL license. NaturalMotion has just unveiled a brand new football game set to rock the PS3 and Xbox 360 next year (according to a preview over at IGN) called Backbreaker. Powered by the Euphoria engine — also found in GTA IV and Star Wars: Force UnleashedBackbreaker‘s main claim to fame is its “non-canned, fully interactive” tackling system that is promising to make every single tackle different every single time.

Strong claim, but from the below debut trailer (composed of early in-game footage) it looks like it may be able to deliver. Of course, without the NFL license Backbreaker is at an immediate disadvantage. But, per IGN’s preview, NaturalMotion’s CEO states that the game isn’t intended to be competition to Madden in the first place, but almost more of a compliment to it (not sure I like that idea…). No publisher has picked Backbreaker up as of yet, but it sounds like NaturalMotion is somewhat cozied up with EA at the moment — lord please don’t let that lead to EA buying up this game too!

Anyways, enough chat already. Back-breaking tackle footage awaits:

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Hit up to download a hi-res version of the trailer and to check out some early screenshots and other game info.

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