BREAKING NEWS: NCAA Football Video Game Series To Return
Huge news on Tuesday morning.
The NCAA Football video game series is back
We received long-awaited news early on the morning that the historical NCAA Football video game series is making its return after years of being on hiatus with the last game being produced being NCAA ’14.
— EASPORTSCollege (@EASPORTSCollege) February 2, 2021
The series was forced to cease when former UCLA Bruins Basketball star Ed O’Bannon filed a lawsuit against the NCAA. The case is known as “O’Bannon vs. the NCAA.” The NCAA was deemed to have violated Anti-Trust laws. One of the issues pointed out in O’Bannon’s lawsuit was using NCAA Athletes’ likeness in video games without paying them for it. Although the video game series never featured real names, they did feature the jersey numbers of players, among other things.
That forced three power conference schools to pull their trademark from Electronic Arts to disallow them use the real teams. In turn, that made EA put the series on hiatus following NCAA Football 14, a game that released on July 9th, 2013, that was the most recent licensed College Sports game to be released.
The fan-favorite series will finally return on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. A release date isn’t known yet, but make sure to stay tuned for further updates throughout the coming months.
For now, the game itself is reported to not feature players like it did in the past with everyone knowing the quarterback of your favorite team was not QB No. 12 — at least not at his time.
— Mountain West Wire (@MWCwire) February 2, 2021
One huge reason the game is likely coming back is the pending Name, Image, and Likeness that is going to be arriving in some form or fashion. This is EA getting ready to go early with either a game with teams licensed but not player images at the start. There will be no game for this upcoming college football season but it could be ready for the fall of 2022.