Electronic Arts announced today that it is jumping back into the collegiate game with EA Sports College Football.
According to EA, the new franchise delivers “authentic college football experiences” and “the high-quality gameplay that fans have long loved in college football games from EA Sports.”
Through a partnership with CLC, EA will have exclusive rights to simulation college football games. CLC is the nation’s leading collegiate trademark licensing company. The game includes the rights to more than 100 collegiate institutions featuring their logos, stadiums, and uniforms.
However, EA notes that the game does not currently include student-athlete names, images, and likenesses. Electronic Arts says that it is “continuing to watch those developments closely.”
The return of college football
This is the first college-focused football game in almost a decade. The last game in EA’s long-running college football franchise was NCAA Football 14. That was released back in 2013 for PS3 and Xbox 360. No college football games ever came out on PS4 or Xbox One.
“We’ve heard from the millions of passionate fans requesting the return of college football video games,” said Cam Weber, EA Sports EVP and GM. “We love the energy, tradition, and pageantry of college football and I am beyond thrilled to say we are back in development. 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.”
The development of EA Sports College Football is just getting underway, and it sounds like it may end up being a while. The launch timing is still to come as the project “progresses in the years ahead.”