If you are anything like the average college football nut, you may have enjoyed yourself some quality time playing EA’s popular NCAA Football video game. People still make rosters to keep it alive, add sounds to get a better experiences, even some people going as far as modding the game to “update” it. A lot of people out there have been fighting to get the once great game back, fear no more, NCAA Football is back!
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EA Sports announced early Tuesday morning that they will be bringing back their college football game. “College Football” appears to be the name, rather than “NCAA Football”, which likely has to do with licensing and what not. Original speculation of “EA Sports College Football” was that maybe they were going to make these bogus schools that resemble an actual place without using the name or mascot. EA plans on using actual team names, mascots, stadiums, the whole 9 yards.
Ever since Ed O’Bannon filed a lawsuit against the NCAA in 2014, EA was unable to produce any video games with any college players names or likeness, killing my dreams of one day gracing the cover of said video game. EA appears to have found a loophole, as they will try to finesse the system a little bit. They are currently working with the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) to secure over 100 FBS stadiums, uniforms, mascots, traditions, and names from schools. Who knows, maybe by the time the game is out there, college athletes will be getting paid and they will able to use every aspect of college football, but that’s a different conversation.
Madden has been very meh for the last few years, and many people have bailed on even purchasing EA video games since the NCAA series went under for both football and basketball. They seem to have gotten everyone excited with this big announcement.
Look, we don’t know much. It isn’t likely that we get a game for at least 2-3 years, which is rumored to only be available for next gen consoles, but we do know one thing: college football video games will return and we can all celebrate.