Posted on February 7, 2008,

Madden Loses its Lead Producer

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Some might argue that a shake-up among the EA Tiburon staff (the developers of Madden) isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Their wish has been partially fulfilled as David Ortiz, lead producer of Madden, has left EA Tiburon citing family reasons. Bryan Intihar over at 1UP suggests there might be more to it than that, as sources have hinted that Ortiz was frustrated with things internally at EA.

An EA spokesperson released the following statement on Ortiz’s leaving: “David’s been a valuable part of our team at EA Tiburon, and we wish him the best. Dale Jackson, an EA veteran for more than a decade, continues to lead the Madden NFL development team.”

Phil Frazier will take over the reins on the 360 and PS3 versions of Madden, which Ortiz was in charge of. Frazier was heavily involved in the success of Madden last generation, as well as the recent disappointment, NFL Tour.

Last year’s Madden was the first game since EA gobbled up NFL exclusivity that felt like a real step forward; whether that’s due to 2K Sports reappearance on the market with All Pro Football 2K8 is unknown.

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