EA Sports’ NCAA Football video game returns in 2024


While not for everyone, it’s hard to deny the impact video games have had on millions of games around the world. In the sports world, it has sparked a passion for competitive gaming, not only on the sticks, but also during actual competition on the playing field.

Some of the most popular games include the NCAA Football Series, which was created by EA Sports from 1993 to 2013. Sadly, production ceased nearly a decade ago, and college football fans have not had a video game to play ever since.

While professional football fans have since always had Madden NFL games to enjoy every year, many other gamers refuse to pick up the product. Maybe they’re bitter about missing out on one of their favorite franchises now that NCAA Football is shutting down production, or maybe it’s because the NFL version continues to feel a bit stale, with similar gameplay carried over from year to year, along with endless amounts of glitches and bugs.

But no matter what, when NCAA Football was in production, people didn’t really care about accidents in the game. Well, they did, but it’s much better than not having a game to play at all.

After nearly a decade of not being able to play with their favorite college football teams, the long wait may finally be coming to an end.

Rumors that EA Sports would make another NCAA Football game have been in the works for a while now, but we finally have a more concrete release date. According to Daryl Holt, vice president and general manager of EA Sports, a new college football game is slated for release in the summer of 2024.

This is a bit of a delay from the previous suggestions pointing to a Summer 2023 release. But again, fans don’t really care. They don’t want a broken product, they want it done right. If that takes an extra year, so be it. This is still better than the alternative of no game at all.

NCAA football game with real player likenesses, names

NCAA Football: Austin Peay at Alabama
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Look, anyone can just make a soccer game, but the problem is that nobody really wants to play it without being able to enjoy their favorite athletes. When college football had trouble paying players for the rights to use their name, image, and likeness (NIL), the NCAA Football game went away.

Now that NIL deals have literally changed the game, everything is different. Now video games can also secure the rights to access players like Bryce Young, CJ Stroud, and Hendon Hooker.

Imagine wanting to play with Alabama or Tennessee, but can’t enjoy the mobility or excellent throws that Young or Hooker offer? No thank you.

But that won’t be a problem in NCAA Football going forward. While Hoyt said they’re still working to secure college football players for use in the game, that’s their intention. They have already secured the rights of at least 120 FBS schools.

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What To Expect From NCAA Football Video Game In 2024

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Past gamers who have enjoyed the NCAA Football video game series will be happy to learn that several of their familiar game modes are returning in 2024. This includes Dynasty Mode and Road to Glory, but the development team stressed that their main focus was on making Dynasty Mode their best offering.

Gamers can choose from one of the FBS schools in the game and control it for multiple seasons, arranging everything from hiring coaching, recruiting players, designing uniforms and more.

If you want to take the Alabama Crimson Tide and drive them into the ground, you can. Alternatively, if you want to take Appalachian State and turn it into a powerhouse, go for it. This is a video game. That’s what they’re for.

The game will also include the transfer portal, allowing players to move more from year to year.

In Road to Glory, gamers have the option to create a single player and control him from a third-person perspective throughout his college football career. Previous versions have also allowed gamers to import rosters from NCAA Football to Madden, meaning you can take your bizarre players out of college and transfer them to the pros, hoping to land them in the NFL Draft.

With Madden still going strong and NCAA Football returning in the near future, the pairing of these two football games will only help boost its popularity around the world, and that should be considered a major win. Even though many of us still spend too much time on the couch in front of the screen. You don’t have to commit to playing eSports leagues to have fun, but we can all agree that it’s nice to have more options when playing video games.

Now the biggest question is, who will be on the cover of NCAA Football 2024? Which cover athlete will reign supreme? We’re probably a long way from finding out.

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