College football EA will launch in 2024, not 2023 as many predicted, according to two letters obtained and posted by a sports business journalist on Tuesday morning.
The contact information – a note from the Collegiate Licensing Company to its customers and a draft newsletter from Electronic Arts confirming the launch date in 2024 – is first reported by Matt Brown of the college sports news network D1 Ticker.
Polygon has reached out to a representative of Electronic Arts for comment. The publisher did not specify a release date or window for College football EA when it first revealed the project in February 2021.
“Despite many people’s expectations for 2023, EA Sports explained that this was necessary to ensure that their development team was able to build the best possible college game with the level of detail and gameplay that they have a reputation for delivering to their fans,” the CLC note reads. Brown said the letter was sent to member colleges’ athletic departments on Monday night.
CLC said “hopefully”[s] to be able to share plans for athletes to opt-in soon,” meaning real-life college football players appearing under their names, pictures, and likenesses, and getting paid for that. The NCAA in 2021 began allowing college athletes to reach this so-called NIL agreement with sponsors without jeopardizing or losing their status.
When EA Sports first announced comeback in its college football series, the publisher said real-life players won’t be in the game. Later that summer, following the NCAA’s new policy on NIL compensation, the EA said it would “explore possibilities” including real players.
In a draft bulletin obtained by Brown, EA said it is “working to meaningfully bring college athletes into the game, expanding our commitment to authenticity as we create offers a level of college football integration that has never been seen before.”
The rest of the draft bulletin highlighted many of the “departures of the team, mascots, cheerleaders, uniforms, history school supplies, etc” that were about to be released. College football EA. “In addition, [development] The team was able to connect to an on-site broadcast audio feed for the first time, allowing them to record crowd sounds on the day of a live match, and have begun recording a number of easy-to-use commentators. most recognizable in the sport for use in the game.”
The publisher ended the draft announcement by saying, “EA Sports College Football will launch in Summer 2024.
“Building a game like this from scratch is complicated, and we wanted to make it right for you,” EA said.
Update: Electronic Arts has confirmed its summer 2024 release window for ESPN in an interview published on Tuesday morning.
“It’s been the best day for us to deliver a game that we think will meet or exceed player expectations,” Daryl Holt, general manager of EA Sports, told ESPN. “And covers the breadth and scale of what we want in the game. We’re trying to build an immersive college football experience.”
As for getting real college football players into video games, Holt said, “The road is open now, but it’s still under construction.” The ESPN story says that College football EA has rights to all 10 conventions in the NCAA’s Rugby Division, as well as the season-ending College Soccer Qualifiers.
In a separate story on ESPN.com, Holt confirmed that College football EA There will be Road to Glory and Dynasty career modes – single player and team respectively – when it launches. Both have been protagonists of the NCAA Football franchise until it was canceled in 2013.
That story also mentioned that Notre Dame’s participation was apparently conditional on the participation — and remuneration — of its athletes. Electronic Arts told ESPN that if any player appeared in the game, he would be compensated.