EA Sports will release the next college football game in 2024

What exactly happened to it? EA Sports’ next college football game — and its first since 2013 — is slated to arrive in the summer of 2024. Daryl Holt, VP and GM of EA Sports, told ESPN that the best date for them to deliver a game that meets or exceeds player expectations. Holt noted that previously rumored release dates were incorrect and that the game was not delayed.

“We’re trying to create a very immersive college football experience,” the executive added.

EA Sports has announced that it is working on a new college football game for early 2021. At the time, EA said it had acquired the rights to more than 100 colleges with their logos, stadiums and unique traditions that fans know and love. Student-athlete names, pictures and likenesses weren’t part of the original deal, meaning the game won’t feature the players you see on the field every week.

NCAA rules involving player compensation have changed dramatically since then, as athletes are now allowed to be compensated for the use of their name, likeness and likeness (NIL). This could pave the way for EA Sports to include real players in its upcoming games, but it’s unclear how the system will be structured or if EA will be able to sign contracts with full rosters.

“If you look back to where we were talking in 2021, that road was blocked,” Holt said. “I think I said something like we were passengers on this journey, like anybody else.

“Okay, the road is open now, but it’s still under construction.”

We know that the game will include the return of two popular modes: Dynasty and Road to Glory. In Dynasty Mode, players will manage a college through multiple seasons and even engage in off-field activities such as recruiting and operating transfer portals. Road to Glory allows users to create a player and follow them through the entire college football process.

The last college football game from EA Sports was NCAA Football 14, which featured Michigan quarterback Dennard Robinson on the cover. EA canceled the next scheduled game in the series due to a licensing dispute with the NCAA involving player compensation and has not released a new college football game since.

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