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EA Sports College Football is set to come to a shelf near you in the summer of 2023, per 247Sports’ Brandon Marcello.
Cory Moss, CEO of Collegiate Licensing Co., confirmed the news to Marcello on Thursday at the Sports Business Journal Intercollegiate Athletics Forum in Las Vegas.
“That’s the hope,” Moss said.
In a document obtained by Extra Points’ Matt Brown, the release date appears to be set for July 2023. The proposed deal will run from 2023-2027, producing four installments of the game.
The ever-popular NCAA Football series ceased to exist after NCAA Football 14. The issue of college athletes’ likeness in video games brought along lawsuits, which ended the franchise. Per 247Sports’ Dean Straka, the courts eventually ruled that EA Sports paid out $60 million in settlements to athletes that appeared in the game from 2003-2014.
With the introduction of Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) across the nation, many were hopeful the NCAA Football series would make a return. On Feb. 2, 2021, fans got their wish. NCAA Football was coming back to EA Sports.
Cam Weber, general manager of American Football for EA Sports, said at the time that the company was excited to begin making college football games in the future.
“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.”