EA Sports has said its popular college football video game is set to return to the market in the summer of 2024 after an 11-year absence. The sports game company is actually starting to recreate the game from scratch instead of using all the code from the popular Madden NFL games or trying to just build a 2014 version.
“This is the best date for us to present a game that we believe will meet or exceed our players’ expectations,” said EA Sports General Manager Daryl Holt. ESPN. “And to embrace the breadth and scope of what we want in the game. We’re trying to create a very immersive college football experience.”
Several reports have previously linked the game to a potential 2023 release date. However, Holt said any previously reported dates were just speculation. In a letter received Matt Brown of Extra PointWithmarketing agency CLC has reached out to representatives of sports departments across the country with a change in schedule.
“While many have been anticipating 2023, EA Sports explains that this is necessary so that their development team can create the best college game with the detail and gameplay they are known to provide to fans.” – Vice President CLC Business Development Dave Kirkpatrick. wrote.
A key part of the game’s development is the introduction of naming, image, and likeness legislation in 2021. The original ‘NCAA ’14’ was delayed after O’Bannon vs. NCAA The Supreme Court ruling resulted in the NCAA and EA Sports ending their relationship after EA Sports was required to pay group compensation to previous athletes who did not receive compensation for playing the game. Updated NCAA guidance paved the way for zero compensation in July 2021.
ESPN says that any player whose image appears in the game will receive compensation from EA Sports. However, unlike the NFL, there is no centralized college football organization that can collectively negotiate terms, which could cause complications. Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick noted that the Fighting Irish would not take part in the game unless the players were compensated.
- Some of the most popular aspects of the old NCAA ’14 games will return, including Dynasty Mode and Road to Glory. At the moment, there are few details about what will be involved in the game modes, as they are still in development. “When we sat down and started, you know, on a blank sheet of paper or board to talk about what we are going to focus on? What will be in the game? Holt told ESPN.
- EA Sports has agreed terms with all 10 FBS conferences and College Football playoffs that will appear in the game. However, it is not clear at this point how many of the 131 FBS institutions have made their own deals with EA Sports. Participating schools will have a plethora of intellectual property included in the game, including songs, traditions, and even live audio recordings from real crowds.
- It has not yet been decided whether FCS or HBCU schools will be included. However, Holt did not rule out that these institutions would someday return. FCS programs previously appeared in the game until the mid-2000s.