The NCAA Football video game franchise was among the most popular in video game history, all the way until the classic series met its end with NCAA Football ’14, which came out back in 2013.
The game is so popular and highly sought-after now that copies fetch upwards of $115.00 to $350.00 on Amazon.com, and many in the gaming community have begun hosting gaming streams featuring favorite teams ranging from the Ohio State Buckeyes to the Alabama Crimson Tide and Michigan Wolverines among others.
Now, NCAA Football is poised to make a comeback, with EA Sports finally cluing fans in to what could be happening in the (somewhat) near future.
While it’s not the concrete release date fans were hoping for and it does seem like a little too far away for the tastes of most, the reality is finally setting in: the NCAA Football series is coming back, and it’s going to be bigger than ever.
When is the Next NCAA Football Game Coming Out?
According to Matt Brown of Extra Points, a “newsletter covering the off the field stuff that shapes college sports,” the game’s creator EA Sports has made a licensing proposal to NCAA schools referencing a four-year initial exclusivity window starting in 2023.
The document’s proposed royalty rate is not included according to a report from OutKick.com, but it is expected to be in the 8.5% range, as part of an intriguing new business model and revenue sharing system from the popular game maker.
Got another copy of the EA Sports/CLC proposal to FBS schools, dated Jan 15, with fewer redactions than previous copies. Here's a bit more info on the money schools may make from the game:
Appears to be a four year license proposal pic.twitter.com/tVNegAXd8P
— Matt Brown (@MattBrownEP) June 25, 2021
Universities would receive the money in tiers based partly on how popular their downloadable in-game content ends up becoming.
The game is expected to return because of the NCAA’s recent success in working out image and licensing rights rules.
Learn more about the court decision that led to the return of the game in the video below from Sports Gamers online, and stay tuned for more information in the coming months.