Earlier today it was reported that the NCAA would not renew their deal with EA Sports, but that won’t stop the video game giant from continuing to produce and develop college sports games. EA Sports can continue their relationship with the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) and gain individual licensing for the college programs that still choose to be a part of the game.
The only difference in future titles is that the NCAA name and logo will be nowhere to be found.
From the EA Sports press release:
By now, most fans will have heard that EA’s licensing agreement with the NCAA is set to expire and that we have agreed to part ways. I’m sure gamers are wondering what this means.
This is simple: EA SPORTS will continue to develop and publish college football games, but we will no longer include the NCAA names and marks. Our relationship with the Collegiate Licensing Company is strong and we are already working on a new game for next generation consoles which will launch next year and feature the college teams, conferences and all the innovation fans expect from EA SPORTS.
We took big creative strides with this year’s college game and you’ll see much more in the future. We love college football and look forward to making more games for our fans.
For fans of the NCAA Football franchise, this is good news.
Gamers can expect the same gameplay and game modes moving forward, but it will all be without the NCAA license. When you consider that EA Sports can now add playoffs and continue to get licensing from individual schools and bowl games, the game could be better than ever.
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