If you’re like many of us who love sports video games, you’ve gotten wind of the return of college football titles coming from EA, but without the NCAA license.
The return of college football games is still coming, but it won’t be in 2023. Per an announcement from EA Sports, via ESPN, their first college football since 2013 will be released in the summer of 2024.
According to EA’s Darryl Holt, they are building an “immersive college football experience.”
Two of the major questions many fans have ahead of the game’s release are related to school and player name inclusion. Issues surrounding the latter is what led to what will be a decade-long gap between major college football releases.
Will EA College Football have real schools and players?
The answer to the first question is yes. Per the ESPN article, the game will have at least 120 real schools included. There are currently 131 FBS schools and there is still a chance an agreement will be reached with the other institutions.
When Holt was asked about the inclusion of real players, he answered, “our intent is to work towards that and find a meaningful way to include them in the game.”
That will be a major selling point for the return of the series if they can secure players, and it will also be interesting to see if users are still allowed to edit the entire roster as they could in the past.
We do know that EA has secured all 10 major conferences and the rights to the College Football Playoff. From a mode standpoint, the game will include Dynasty (the series beloved franchise mode) and Road to Glory (the single-player, control one-guy feature).
While not confirmed in the interview, you can just about bank on the inclusion of Ultimate Team when the series returns. The Ultimate Team feature is the largest revenue driver for the Madden and FIFA series and it’s a safe bet it will be similarly successful for EA College Football.
Stay tuned for more information on the game as we move closer to its release.