EA Sports Announces Return To College Football

EA Sports is relaunching its college football series under a new name: EA Sports College Football.

Although it isn’t known when — or in what format — the game will be released, EA Sports announced the game will be returning for the first time since NCAA Football 14 was released in 2013.

Back in 2013, Cam Weber, general manager of American Football for EA Sports, announced EA would be ending its college football series.

“We have been stuck in the middle of a dispute between the NCAA and student-athletes who seek compensation for playing college football,” Weber said. “Just like companies that broadcast college games and those that provide equipment and apparel, we follow rules that are set by the NCAA – but those rules are being challenged by some student-athletes.”

EA Sports said it would continue to develop and publish college football games but that such games would no longer include the NCAA names and marks.

On Tuesday however, Weber said EA Sports has heard from millions of passionate fans requesting the return of college football video games.

“We love the energy, tradition and pageantry of college football and I am beyond thrilled to say we are back in development,” Weber said. “We have a lot of really exciting work ahead of us, and a great team that is eager to bring a new game to players in the next couple of years.”

EA Sports also announced it has partnered with CLC, a leading collegiate trademark licensing company, which allows EA Sports to be the exclusive developer of simulation college football video game experiences.

The news release states the launch timing is still to come as the project progresses in the years ahead.

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  1. I’m just as excited as you, and I regularly play NCAA14 on the PS3. It’s amazing how many people still update the rosters each year.
    With that said, I wouldn’t hold my breath for this to get created and distributed, you might be looking for the PS6 before this game actually gets launched. Plus, I hope they can work through the licensing issues because playing a game that would “no longer include the NCAA names and marks” sounds like instead of a good ole game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Florida Gators, it would be “Southern Crimson vs. Southern Alligators.” That would be lame.

    • EA said that it won’t be released by 2021, which makes me think that in time for the 2022 season is the best case scenario here. Eliminating the NCAA names and marks likely doesn’t mean that they won’t have real teams, rather they will have to contract with with individuals schools/conferences as opposed to the NCAA as a whole. This could result in some small things missing, to maybe some teams being left off the game if agreements can’t be made. Either way, it will be great to have the game back. As much as it will suck to continue to wait on the game, at least this gives time for the new Xbox and PS5 to be more readily available and drop in price.

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