EA Sports is reviving its dormant collegiate football series, the publisher has confirmed.
“For those who never stopped believing…” the publisher said in its announcement on Twitter. The announcement was accompanied with an image that says “College football is coming back.” EA has also launched a new Twitter account called EA Sports College.
— EA SPORTS (@EASPORTS) February 2, 2021
The announcement does not mention the NCAA by name, so it might be that EA is moving forward with a college football game without the association’s involvement. We’ll report back with more details as they’re made available.
The latest NCAA Football game was 2013’s NCAA Football 14. A sequel was in development, but was canceled in September 2013 amid EA’s lawsuit settlement with former collegiate players.
EA’s contract with the NCAA for college football games was also terminated that year. Though EA later signed a deal with the Collegiate Licensing Company for more college football games, per the terms of the agreement, no future EA college football games can use the NCAA’s name or associated marks.
EA’s latest Madden games have included some college teams, and EA management had suggested that it would be returning to college football games someday.