EA Sports NCAA Football: College football video game to return this July?

On Tuesday, reports came out that EA Sports' NCAA Football franchise will return this July.

EA Sports NCAA Football is set to return this summer
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EA Sports NCAA Football has not been made for nearly 11 years. NCAA 14 came out in the summer of 2013, and fans of the video game franchise have not gotten an updated installment in the series ever since.

Lawsuits (namely the Ed O'Bannon suit) killed the game, but now that NIL allows for payments to be made to players, the ability to add the names, images, and likenesses of current players prompted EA Sports to announce back in 2021 that they would be revamping things with the franchise.

Now, nearly three years since that announcement, the game is set to return sometime before the 2024 college football season. More lawsuits and protesting groups tried to stop the game's production but to no avail. As of this writing, there are no active suits against EA Sports' creation of college video games that should hinder a release.

On Tuesday, according to a report from Florida Gators insider David Waters, July 12, 2024 is the tentative release date for the highly-anticipated game.

Since then, a conflicting report Extra Points' Matt Brown stated that two representatives from EA told him that "we have not shared a direct date with anybody." It is important to note that there was no denial from the EA Sports representatives in that statement. EA Sports vice president John Reseburg corroborated Brown's report, stating that "we've said it's coming this summer, and we've not announced a specific date."

Regardless of the exact date of release, all signs are pointing to a summer release for NCAA Football (if that's what they will call it this time around). The decade-long lack of a college football video game will ensure that it will be a major seller, and with the many changes that have taken over college football and sports video games in the last 11 years, the game should have plenty of new content for players.

There has been no word yet if college basketball and/or college baseball games will follow. The last college baseball game was released in 2007, and the last college basketball game came out in 2010.

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