EA’s college football game has been in the works for some time now, with the project encountering a number of hurdles, from player licensing to outright lawsuits. However, in a recent earnings call (transcribed by VGC), EA CEO Andrew Wilson said the game is making “incredible progress,” and that “gameplay is really coming together.”
Wilson further stated that EA has secured the licenses for “many if not most of the schools.” He was more vague about the player license issue: “We’ll continue to work with the various governing bodies of the sport in the country, and some key third-party partners we have, around how and when to include college athletes themselves into the game, and we’ll work very closely with them.”
Wilson finished by stating that the project will be a “incredible re-emergence of that college football experience,” and that it will capture all of the sport’s “action and pageantry.” Back in June, the College Football Players Association told players to boycott the revival due to the low payments offered to each player, which was reported in the realm of $500. EA was also sued by The Brandr Group, which has deals to negotiate group licensing contracts for 54 NCAA Division I schools.
It’s unclear if either of these situations has been resolved. EA Sports College Football is reportedly set for a Summer 2024 release window. The last NCAA Football game came out in 2013.
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