NCAA Football, one of the most popular video games in the sports genre, has not been made for the eighth generation of consoles, but that could change with a new announcement made by the NCAA Board of Governors. NCAA Football was abruptly ended with the NCAA Football 14 installment of the series due to legal issues regarding using likenesses of college athletes without compensation due to NCAA regulations. However, NCAA Football is now allowing college athletes to benefit from their name, image, and likeness. EA Sports has yet to announce the revival of the series but considering the one reason behind its departure being resolved it only seems like a matter of time.
Twitter has been buzzing about the chance of this beloved series making another appearance for a new generation of players. College Gameday analyst Kirk Herbstreit seems to be taking charge of the #BringBackNCAAFootball movement presumably trying to take the commentator role he held for the series before its demise. Demand for the game is high, as NCAA Football 14 is still active with current fan updates of the roster modeling each year’s roster. With current advancements to technology graphics will undoubtedly be better creating a great fan experience for those who have been waiting for a while for this new game.
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) October 29, 2019
With EA Sports not making a comment about the series revival the timeline is in question. One would presumably think they are trying to get to work on it as soon as possible to capture the hype of NCAA’s announcement. However, with the eight generation soon ending in favor of the next generation including the PS5 and the Xbox Scarlett in late 2020 the game might skip the PS4 and Xbox One altogether. I doubt this would happen though considering there is usually version of games made for both generations when games are released during a transition period.
While the video game community is mentioning NCAA Football, they are often leaving off other sports games that can make a comeback. NCAA Basketball was a relatively successful series for EA that hasn’t been published since 2009–nearly a decade. MVP: NCAA Baseball was part of the series of EA NCAA games but ended after two releases due to poor sales. Capitalizing on the new college wave of video games would allow EA a way to reenter the baseball genre after being out of the market for twelve years.
With this announcement of NCAA players gaining compensation for rights to name, image, and likeness this reopens video game series which many thought were gone for good. There is still many questions of how a comeback would happen mostly from a logistical side but the pathway shut for nearly a decade is reopened. While NCAA Football is the main draw there are many other series EA could revive ranging from baseball to basketball with opportunity for new series like hockey or soccer. This is an exciting event in the video game landscape and we eagerly anticipate EA is back in the game.
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Source: CBS Sports