My name is Dave, I live in Vancouver however I am a Stampeders fan! I am a Video Game Artist (modeler, rigger, animator), Game Designer, QA Tester, and most importantly, a huge CFL fan. I spent the last few years working on craptacular Wii sports games that included football, but nothing comparable to EA Sports' Madden and NCAA football games. I've also worked at EA Canada, and am aware of the undertaking it is to create a sports video game. After a few months of brainstorming, I feel now is the time to get the wheels rolling on an actual CFL game (All due respect to the '99 release).
Pie in the sky? Big dream? Yes. But I have toiled on horrible games (I refuse to name), and now I want to commit my time and energy on a game that I would be 150% passionate about. A game that is overdue and would be embraced by many fellow die-hard CFL fans. A game that fully embraces the CFL brand of football.
I'll be honest, I wish I could waltz into the League office and plop down a licencing fee and finance the production and publishing of a CFL game, but I cannot. This would need the financial support and partnership of the CFL and TSN. The latter would enable the authentic broadcast feel of the game and perhaps advertising support. All I can do is a lot of the production heavy-lifting.
I haven't settled on the scope of the game yet, but in all likelihood it could not match the production values of the Madden games. It would likely be more 'cartoony' and 'arcadey'. Apologies in advance, but this is a budget-oriented reality.
To get started, I would appreciate the participation and feedback of those who would also like to see a CFL game realized. I will post some polls here asking questions that range in game features to which console and price point, all the basics.
Secondly, your vocal support for this project would really help get this going. If there's a way to get the League's attention and support, let me know! Perhaps pester the mods to make this a sticky post! Any owners or CFL brass reading this, please message me.
Lastly, I'd like to eventually call on fellow fans to assist in the production stage. I'd certainly benefit from numerous photos of stadiums and surrounding areas that are visible from field level. Right now I'll have a placeholder stadium built that's a cross between Mosaic Field and McMahon Stadium.I will also build a character model in the next few days. I hope to show you guys some art ASAP.
Please hit me up with your feedback, criticisms, and your two cents. Thanks!