Backbreaker's small but extremely passionate following got some bad, but not really unexpected news. "Unfortunately, and unofficially, it is very unlikely that we will revisit [Backbreaker]/full-on football again," the game's lead developer told a forum member.
What's more, Todd Gibbs told the forum user that "the company has changed direction and is currently not looking at console game."
It's not unexpected, as NaturalMotion Games has found solid success with its line of games on mobile devices. Titles like Backbreaker: Vengeance and Icebreaker are not full sports simulations, but rather minigame like contests that involve dodging and juking defenders in football and skating away from checks in hockey. All have been well received, and recently NaturalMotion released NFL Rivals, which is essentially Vengeance with NFL symbols, uniforms and this year's schedule.