EA Sports still planning summer 2023 return for college football video game franchise
EA Sports is hoping to bring back its college football video game franchise in the summer of 2023, Cory Moss, CEO of Collegiate Licensing Co., Brandon Marcello confirmed to 247Sports Thursday at the Sports Business Journal Intercollegiate Athletics Forum in Las Vegas. Christmas Day arrived earlier than expected for college football fans in February when EA Sports has announced the imminent return of its ever-popular college football video game, a shocking development at the time since the franchise has died out since the 2014 installment.
No return date was disclosed at the time of the initial announcement. But one disclosed document, earned by Matt Brown from Extra Points, reported that EA Sports had a plan in place to release the game’s latest installment in July 2023 with a four-year licensing proposal in place.EA Sports then posted in a tweet on Thursday. that a specific release date for the game has not been determined.
Athlete likeness lawsuits, including the landmark Ed O’Bannon litigation, ended the game’s circulation with the 2014 release, resulting in widespread disappointment among gamers and sports fans across the country . Courts ruled that EA Sports used athlete likeness without permission or compensation, and the video game company ultimately paid $ 60 million in settlements to athletes who competed in its games between 2003 and 2014.
EA Sports posted a message on Twitter saying, “College football is coming back” and the post quickly went viral.
247Sports contacted EA Sports in 2020 to find out where game developers stand and the likelihood of that happening.
And now it’s full steam ahead.
“We loved playing college football,” said former NCAA footballer Executive producer Ben Haumiller told 247Sports via email at the time. “If ever the opportunity presented itself, we would be very interested in potentially returning to this space.”
The last time an NCAA video game was NCAA14, which was titled by the Michigan quarterback Denard robinson on the cover of the game. It offered users features like “Road to Glory” which allowed users to create their own player, play an entire season of high school and playoff football, before winning scholarship offers from various schools across the country. At this point, the created players would move on to the college program of their choice and play a full career.
Following the relaxed restrictions and legalization of names, image and likeness in varsity athletics earlier in the year, EA Sports issued a statement and updated its users on the situation.
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“We are following recent developments regarding the name, image and likeness of student athletes very closely,” EA Sports wrote in a statement. “We’re still in the early stages at this point, and we plan to explore the possibility of including players in EA SPORTS College Football. For now, our development team is focused on working with our partners at CLC to ensure the game authentically features the great sport of college football and the more than 100 institutions registered to be featured in our game. “