EA Sports bringing back college football video game as early as 2022

Tanya Simon
February 3, 2021

After last making a college football video game in 2013, the possibility of the game returning had been in limbo.

EA Sports now does not plan for the new college football game to feature the names, images or likenesses of existing college players and has struck a licensing deal with a large number of college football programs through a new deal with CLC.

"We've heard from the millions of passionate fans requesting the return of college football video games", EA Sports executive vice president Cam Weber said in a statement. No other context was needed; the EA Sports NCAA Football franchise was that popular, that much of a household name. Development of further iterations of the series came to a halt, however, due to a legal dispute that involved the NCAA and EA's use of student-athlete names and likenesses. "That won't be a problem for us", Holt insisted. "And that starts with just a very immersive experience, and there's lots of things we can do to bring the true college game play and game day to the virtual world", Holt said. EA Sports is continuing to watch those developments closely, according to a news release.

EA Sports told the Post that it now doesn't have any licensing rights from the NCAA, meaning that the governing body is not set to make any money off the new game.

The game, whenever it returns, will be the first college football title since NCAA Football 2014, which had former MI quarterback Denard Robinson on the cover.

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The feedback from fans about this showed EA Sports that they still want a college football video game.

EA Sports is coming back to college football.

What does the game mean for NCAA football players?

In essence, that deal sidesteps the NCAA, which was also dropped from the game's name in favor of the broader "College Football" moniker. It was rebranded to "College Football USA 96" in 1995 and "NCAA Football 98" in 1997 for the original PlayStation. "It's more around what we think we can do around the game and for our [game] players".

When EA Sports announced they were stopping their college football franchise, they were dealing with a lawsuit from former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon.

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