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EA Sports’ college football video game to return in summer 2024, not 2023 as targeted

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EA Sports’ college football video game is officially back, but not as soon as everyone hoped.

On Tuesday, EA Sports confirmed that the hugely popular college football video game will return in the summer of 2024. An official press release from the company is expected later on Tuesday.

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According to multiple reports, EA Sports previously planned to restart the game in the summer of 2023, but the company has never publicly fixed a date. Now it is.

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From ESPN:

Daryl Holt, vice president and general manager of EA Sports, said in an interview with ESPN that the brand is looking to launch EA Sports College Football at this time due to the need to build the game from scratch. It is important for them not to rush into the market, but to make sure that the first edition of what they plan to release annually is up to standard.

“This is the best date for us to present a game that we believe will meet or exceed our players’ expectations,” Holt said. “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.”

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Much has changed in college football since the latest iteration of the game formerly known as NCAA Football, which will now carry the EA Sports College Football branding. EA discontinued the game due to an ongoing NCAA legal dispute involving the use of player likeness.

But now we live in a world where college athletes can be compensated for the use of their name, likeness, and likeness, opening the door for the return of the game.

EA Sports, which announced the game’s return in February 2021, says it’s building the game from the ground up and intends to use real college players in the game rather than similar avatars that users have come to know about (e.g., Bryce Young being “Alabama QB #9” and have very similar physical characteristics). EA Sports intends to compensate college players who play the game.

Over the past few years, EA Sports has worked to acquire the rights to at least 120 FBS schools, as well as 10 FBS conferences and the College Football playoffs. The popular Dynasty and Road to Glory game modes will return. And yes, there will be a transfer portal in the game.

Matt Brown of Extra Points went into detail about about the return of the game. He received correspondence sent from the Collegiate Licensing Company to sports department officials across the country on Monday evening with updates on the game. In addition to reporting a summer 2024 launch date, sports departments have been informed that an “athlete plan” is in the works.

“In addition to our ongoing focus on game development, EA SPORTS is also working to bring college athletes into the game. We hope to be able to share our athlete registration plan very soon. We know this will be of great interest to your athletic department and coaching staff, so please feel free to share this information with them as well,” reads an email from CLC Senior Vice President of Business Development Dave Kirkpatrick.

EA Sports is working to source content from as many FBS schools as possible to make the game as authentic and representative of each school’s gaming experience as possible.

Brown previously revealed that the game won’t just be a remake of the Madden franchise or even an update to NCAA 14. This is a brand new game:

“I was told that the codebase should basically be stripped to the brim, which takes time,” Brown wrote. — I was told that they just need more time to best represent not only the stadiums, traditions and spectacles. which make college football great, but the gameplay itself. College circuits are not the same as NFL circuits and require different animation and code.”

The last edition of the game was NCAA 14 released in July 2013.


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