EA Sports College football details and release month reportedly leaked
The first concrete details for EA Sports College Football may have leaked online via trusted sources. While there are many sports games out there, few hold such power in the industry as the NCAA Football franchise. The EA Sports series ran for 20 years before ending with NCAA Soccer 14 on Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2013. The series ended after much controversy surrounding college gamers not being compensated for their likenesses in video games and other products. Of course, that was a major issue given how well the show performed, and athletes in other video games like Madden are compensated accordingly. Nonetheless, following a rule change that allows college players to be compensated, EA has confirmed that they are bringing the franchise back and it may not be long before we can play it.
As reported by The Athletic (via ResetEra) – which corroborated reports from Extra Points and 247Sports – EA would release EA Sports College Football in July 2023 and will only be available on Xbox Series X | S and PlayStation 5. The game is expected to be the most detailed college football game ever made and will be built on the Madden Engine, allowing for plenty of next-gen detail. While some things are still being finalized, EA aims to include school-specific music and lore on a per-school and real-player basis, although the latter is very much in the air at the moment. According to the report, EA Sports College Football is not a reskin of Madden and will include key elements from the NCAA franchise such as a transfer portal, Dynasty mode and Road to Glory. However, things like mascot matches are yet to be determined.
As always, none of this has been confirmed by EA and if true, the game is still a year away, which means anything could change. Much hinges on EA’s return to college football, however. A hasty cash grab will do the publisher a disservice, especially as Madden’s annual reception continues to spiral in the eyes of fans. 2K is also working on its own new football game, which only raises the stakes. Whether or not EA’s return will be triumphant remains to be seen, but hopefully we’ll find out more next spring.
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