Gamers rejoice, EA Sports is bringing a college football video game back to market.
Long desired and desired since the interactive entertainment and sports game company announced it would stop making college football games in 2013 amid ongoing legal disputes over the use of player likenesses, EA said Tuesday that it had begun development of “EA SPORTS College Football”. ”
EA Sports hasn’t released a college football game since NCAA Football 14 featuring former Michigan QB Denard Robinson on the cover was released on July 9, 2013.
Previously, EA’s college football franchise was a regular top five sports title in North America, generating tens of millions in unit sales from 2005 to 2014. In recent years, college football has been one of the most requested by EA Sports fans and on Tuesday EA confirmed its plans for its official return.
“We’ve heard from millions of passionate fans calling for the return of college football video games,” said Cam Weber, executive vice president and general manager of EA Sports.
“We love the energy, tradition and pageantry of college football and I’m beyond thrilled to say we’re back in development. We’ve got a lot of exciting work ahead of us and a terrific squad who can’t wait to deliver. a new game to gamers within the next two years.
Along with EA Sports’ announcement comes potential name, image and likeness policy reform on the horizon with the NCAA, state legislatures and Congress.
The company says the new franchise will deliver authentic college football experiences and high-quality gameplay. And through its partnership with the Collegiate Licensing Company, the franchise will include the rights to more than 100 institutions featuring logos, stadiums, uniforms, game day lore and more.
However, college play will not include student-athlete names, images and likenesses until current NCAA rules prohibiting athletes from selling their NIL rights while in college are changed. EA Sports continues to monitor these developments closely, according to a press release.
“We are very pleased to partner with EA Sports to bring back the college football franchise, one of the most popular college licensed products in our history,” said CLC CEO Cory Moss.
“The college football video game connects passionate fans with college brands and introduces new fans to the legendary lore, excitement and game-day experience that make college football unique.”
There is no return date for the game, but it won’t be in 2021, ESPN reported.