According to EA Sports president Peter Moore, Madden NFL 12 is coming out on August 30, whether there's an NFL season or not.
Last night, at an EA sports event, Moore said, "We'll be shipping this year, regardless of what the labor issues are, whether they're resolved or not... Madden 12 will be shipping on August 30th 2011, regardless of what happens with the league itself."
August 30, you may notice, is a few weeks later than the August 9 date originally announced.
My question: Will anyone want to play Madden if there isn't a season? I have to imagine a sales drop if there's no season; after all, hours and hours of football coverage every Sunday (and throughout the week!) almost works as commercials for the game, keeping sports fans "aware" of football, and increasing the chance of people buying the game. But on the other hand, maybe the lack of football will encourage people to pick up the game, just so they have something to do on Sundays that is football related. .
Personally, I'm still hopeful there will be an agreement between the players and owners so the season can continue as planned... but I'm a big optimist. My back-up plan: I'm going to start following professional bowling instead of football next season.