EA Sports expected to delay revival of college football franchise until 2024, per report

College football fans got some potentially bad news on Monday night as reports began to leak that EA Sports could delay the release of its college football game to 2024 a source tells 247Sports. The report first surfaced from Matt Brown at Extra Points and quickly spread through social media. Tentatively titled EA College Football, the game’s revival has sparked a massive response from fans of the franchise, which has been defunct since 2014 after issues arose over name, image and likeness.

The game originally aimed for a July 2023 release and sparked interest from not only fans, but also many current NCAA football players. An informal poll of more than two dozen players at schools within the Power Five conferences conducted by 247Sports over the summer revealed an overwhelming desire to be included in the game. Money was an issue only for one player polled.

“I played NCAA all the way until it stopped, so for me I just wanna be in the game,” Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei said. “I mean, I don’t even care if I’m gonna get paid to be in the game. I just want to be in the game.”

247Sports’ quiz of players was not exactly a scientific poll, but the overwhelming urge for football players who grew up playing EA Sports’ NCAA Football games as children to be included in the game is something the developer is betting on as it prepares to partner with an agency to secure a group license. Players waxed on about camping outside stores with family members to secure a copy of EA Sports NCAA Football in the 2010s, and creating versions of themselves in the game. Several still play the last iteration of the game, NCAA Football 14, on the Playstation 3 and XBox 360.

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