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

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

EA Sports confirmed on Tuesday 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 Tuesday.

According to multiple reports, EA Sports was previously targeting summer 2023 for a relaunch of the game, but the company has not publicly committed to any date. Now she has.

From ESPN:

Darrell Holt, vice president and general manager of EA Sports, told ESPN in an interview that the brand would be launching EA Sports College Football at that time due to the entirety of the task of creating the game from scratch. For them, it’s not about rushing to market but making sure that the inaugural release of what they plan to have as an annual title is the norm.

“This is the best date for us to deliver the game that we believe will meet or exceed our players’ expectations,” Holt said. “And it covers the breadth and scale of what we want in the game. We’re trying to build a very immersive college football experience.”

A lot has changed in college football since the last iteration of the game that was once known as “NCAA Football” and will now be branded “EA Sports College Football”. EA stopped making the game due to the NCAA’s ongoing legal dispute over the use of player skins.

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

EA Sports, which has announced it will bring the game back in February 2021, says it is building the game from scratch and intends to use real college players in the game, not similar avatars users know (ex: Bryce Young to be “Alabama QB #9” They have very similar physical features). EA Sports intends to compensate the college players who are in the game.

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

Extra Points’ Matt Brown reported extensively on the game’s return. He got the correspondence sent from the group licensing company to sports administration officials around the country Monday night with an update on the game. In addition to sharing a summer 2024 launch date, sports departments have been informed that an “Athlete Selection Plan” is in the works.

In addition to the continued focus on game development, EA SPORTS is also working to include college athletes in the game. We hope to be able to share our Athlete Subscription Plan very soon. We know this will be of great interest to your athletic department and coaching staff, so feel free to share this information with them as well,” reads the email from CLC Senior Vice President of Business Development Dave Kirkpatrick.

EA Sports sources materials from as many FBS schools as possible to make the game as authentic as possible and reflect the experience of playing at each school.

Brown previously mentioned that the game won’t be just a rehash of the Madden series or even an update for NCAA 14. It’s an entirely new game:

Brown wrote, “I’ve been told that the base of the codes should mostly be truncated to the studs, and that these things take time. I’m told they simply need more time to better represent not only the stadiums, traditions, and processions that make college football great, but Same gameplay. College playbooks are not the same as NFL playbooks and require different animations and icons.”

The last version of the game was NCAA 14, which was released in July 2013.

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