Unfortunately, the best football video game ever made will not be getting a new release any time soon.
ESPN’s Darren Rovell has explored the possibility of EA Sports releasing a new NCAA Football video game. His findings are depressing.
Rovell says that it’s unlikely that another NCAA Football game will be released in the near future.
EA Sports announced three years ago that it would no longer be releasing a college football video game as a result of an Ed O’Bannon lawsuit that gave royalties (about $1,000) to players.
From ESPN’s report:
Over the years, rumors of its resurrection have popped up to an audience eager to play again. In fact, just as the NCAA said it wouldn’t support a game in the future, EA rounded up the top schools through licensing agent CLC and extended deals with guaranteed money through 2017.
But, after interviews with more than 10 insider sources — including those in the video game industry and with executives at schools — as of now there is absolutely no traction on EA making a new college game.
Rovell says there are “several reasons” for this.
Among them: being sued again.
That, at least initially, has been shot down because there is still worry about the liability of having a worthwhile game compared to the prospect of being sued. The schools and EA would have to be indemnified by all the players used in order to move forward with this plan.
Figure it out, guys. We need an NCAA Football video game.