College football fans and video game users, unite. EA Sports College Football is set to reboot.
The major gaming company announced it’s intention to bring back the well-loved video game franchise for Next Generation consoles on Tuesday morning. If it can actually get done, it would mark the first time that college football fans could play as their favorite teams since 2014.
EA Sports, who produced the NCAA Football franchise, hasn’t released a game in seven years, with the last version featuring Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson on the cover. When the production dropped off in the late 2010s, college football fans went back to replay older releases, hoping of a future where there might be an updated version.
Now, gamers will get to see that dream come true.
“For those who never stopped believing… #EASPORTSCollegeFootball,” the official EA Sports Twitter account wrote.
— EA SPORTS (@EASPORTS) February 2, 2021
Breaking: EA Sports is rebooting its college football series for Next Generation consoles.
The announcement ends the hiatus that the game has taken since then-Michigan QB Denard Robinson appeared on the cover of NCAA Football 14. pic.twitter.com/rMniJUDDeW
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 2, 2021
Needless to say, gamers, sports fans, and lovers of nice things were thrilled to hear the news on Tuesday. Many hopped on social media to celebrate together and fantasize about what might be coming down the pipe.
Take a look:
OMG. OMG. OMG!!! I gasped lmao. https://t.co/ytSRYtzFCX
— Sam Dekker (@dekker) February 2, 2021
They saw Mac Jones dominate this year and said we gotta get our quarterback back to the people https://t.co/M2lotHZEA4
— Joey (@JoeyMulinaro) February 2, 2021
— Travis Etienne Jr⁶𓅓 (@swaggy_t1) February 2, 2021
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) February 2, 2021
This is at least the 20th, maybe 17th most beautiful sight these eyes have ever seen. https://t.co/zpi4NvHKNG
— Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) February 2, 2021
Quite a month for GameStop https://t.co/tORwH6vbse
— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) February 2, 2021
Interestingly, EA Sports seemed to market their announcement as “College Football” instead of the “NCAA Football” moniker that it used in the past. Time will tell exactly what the means for the production of the game, but fans will likely notice significant differences since the 2014 release.
Although it’s unclear exactly when the game will be available to the public, having something to look forward after a dreadful year is an incredible feeling. EA Sports College Football will surely be a blast of nostalgia for all sports fans and we can’t wait until it can be played.