Remember last month when EA mentioned that coaching simulator NFL Head Coach '09
would only be available as part of the Madden '09 Collector's Edition
? Yeah, funny story about that -- it's not true. EA revealed in a press release today that the game will actually
also be sold as a $49.99 standalone release for the PS3 and Xbox 360 in time for the start of the new football season on Sept. 2.
We're a little skeptical that U.S. gamers will be willing to shell out nearly $50 bucks for a coaching simulator -- remember, the 2006 original NFL Head Coach
was budget priced at $20
, and still got savaged in reviews
. Then again, Europeans seem to go nuts for the similar Football Simulator series
of soccer-management sims, so maybe North America is just behind the curve on this one. Then again again, maybe we Americans are just too discriminating to enjoy a game where you simply manage a sport rather than actively participating in it. We report, you work out your patriotic vitriol in the comments thread.