Last year, EA Sports announced that the legendary NCAA Football would return under a new name – EA Sports College Football.
As stated by Matt Brown of Extra Points, they’re targeting a 2023 launch, giving everyone plenty of time to think about how to turn eastern Michigan into the next Big Ten in Dynasty Mode.
Since then, EA Sports has been developing the game and requesting information from participating universities to make the game as realistic as possible.
Through a Freedom of Information Act request, VTScoop obtained what Virginia Tech sent to EA Sports.
First, they submitted dozens of photos of Lin Stadium. That includes footage from just about everywhere in the stadium, which EASports will supposedly use to build a realistic looking soft stadium.
It should be noted that there are two photos of the indoor practice facility, Merryman Center and Jamerson Center from a raised podium in the east stands, so these facilities may appear.
There are no pictures of the actual interior of the tunnel where Virginia Tech enters, so you’re unlikely to see the interior going through the tunnel.
However, there are images from the front of the tunnel that resemble the angle a TV broadcast usually gets with the head coach and one of the flag bearers standing at the mouth of the tunnel waiting for a signal to enter.
Another note, there is no picture of the Frank Beamer statue standing outside the southwest entrance, which I thought would be a nice item to include.
In addition to stadium construction images, EASports has asked schools to submit songs, chants and other audio assets related to the playing experience.
To get it out of the way, Virginia Tech made an “important note” that Virginia Tech is taking the field to “Enter Sandman” by Metallica.
If they haven’t already, now EASports knows it for sure. They are required to obtain the license rights and pay any necessary fees to include the song in the game.
And no, “Stick It In” was not offered.
However, they specifically requested the audio used in game moments such as 1st, 3rd down, landing, and common moments.
Many of these songs are not recognizable by the song’s name, but when you hear it, you’ll know it. I’m slightly disappointed that neither “Go Tech Go” nor the featured show has been introduced lately which always elicits a tingling sensation of “standing up and screaming”.
Below is the full list of audio clips and crowd chants provided by Virginia Tech for specific moments.
- Pre-Team: Let’s go to Hokies Yell Stadium
- 1st Down: The band plays after a PA announcer saying “First Down, Hokies. Also includes a crowd hymn element. Virginia Tech provided a segment of the HOKIES segment, but not the ‘First Down, Hokie’ segment.”
- 3rd Down (Defense): Crazy Train or Iron Man (provided via band clips), as well as crowd chants for “Gobble” or “Key Play”. Turkey devouring was included via an audio clip, while Virginia Tech noted that “Key Play” is “not a hymn but fans chanting their keys”.
- Fourth Down (Defense): Devour or Play Key
- Landing: Tech Triumph (Virginia Tech provided a clip for the band from this).
- PAT, 2 PT conversion (successful): Tech Triumph
- Field goal (successful): Tech Triumph
- The takeaway/redemption: Shenandoah (band clip)
- Big Defensive Pause: Nothing Is Offered
- Between Tradition Quarters: Virginia Tech provided a soundtrack for the Hokie Pokie vocal band and noticed that it plays between the first and second quarters.
- Postgame (winning): Tech Triumph
- Other Moments/Traditions – Sack: Rock U (band clip with “Hey, we kicked you out, we’ll do it again”)
- Other Moments/Traditions – After opposing Team Punt: Carmina Burana, Danger Zone or Imperial March (all bands clips)
- Other Moments/Traditions – VT Offensive Drive: #2, #10, or Charge (both recognizable band clips)
- Other Moments/Traditions – VT Offense 2nd Down: Nokia Drum Cadence (band clip)
- Other Moments/Traditions – Team Opposition in the Red Zone: Wake Up (Squad clip)