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EA Sports aims to release college football game July 23, per letter

After teasing the release of a new college football video game last February, EA Sports has reportedly reduced a release window for the highly anticipated project.

According to a January 2021 proposal obtained by the newsletter Extra points with Matt Brownthe company and the Collegiate Licensing Corporation informed schools that they intended to drop a CFB game in July 2023. CLC management then sent a follow-up proposal to several DI schools in February of this year with a update confirming that “game development is in full swing” and “target for launch is still summer 2023”.

While neither report included specific date details, EA Sports noted in last year’s proposal that the targeted timeline will allow for the “two-year game development window necessary to collect the assets of the game.” game and develop the game to meet current market demands for a unique college. football game while following NCAA guidelines.

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Brown’s report also includes an update regarding the company compensating players for the use of their likeness, an issue that led to a class action lawsuit that halted production of the “NCAA Football” series in 2013. The NCAA No longer allowed to govern student-athlete compensation through NIL agreements, Brown indicated that there was hope that EA Sports could use the players in-game and would still launch the title if they didn’t. couldn’t use likenesses.

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“I am told there is optimism that the framework for a video game group license for college football players could be announced as early as this summer,” he wrote. “There was some hope that this could have happened even sooner, but some upheaval in the college group licensing industry has made things a little more complicated. I am told that when the framework of an agreement will be announced, the licensing agent won’t have nearly all of the college football players, but hopes to sign the rest after securing the rights to a critical mass of athletes.

As for participating programs, the most recent memo noted that “nearly 120 institutions, sports conferences, and bowling alleys” have “conceptually approved participation.” Currently, EA Sports is still striving to obtain intellectual property rights such as “group songs, crowd chants and other team-specific audio resources” related to development.

Nonetheless, these latest updates will surely give fans something to look forward to over the next year as they wait for EA Sports’ first CFB game since 2014.

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