It’s been five years now since EA Sports shuttered its popular college football video game in the wake of the ruling in the Ed O’Bannon case.
The last version of that franchise, NCAA 14, remains incredibly popular on the secondary market among college football fans who need their fix. But it appears a new option might be on the way, according to a press release they put out on Monday (via Jason Kirk of SBNation.com).
A company called IMackulate Vision Gaming has announced their intention to release a new college football video game in 2020. The game will be called Gridiron Champions and it is currently unlicensed, but it will feature customizable rosters.
So, in theory, if they can develop a devoted online community, there will be rosters available for download that can closely replicate the makeup of your favorite team (albeit a team of a different name). There will also be recruiting and a customizable College Football Playoff setup.
Eventually, they hope to add a licensing deal with the NCAA.
It’s not going to win over all college football fans, particularly with that lack of a licensing deal. However, if they can generate solid gameplay and a strong recruiting system, it could lay the foundation for a great game once they acquire the licenses.