EA Sports is bringing back college football, without real college players

After the release of NCAA Football 14 in 2013, EA Sports cancelled future development of the franchise. The company faced a class action lawsuit from former college players for the unauthorized use of their likeness and images in the NCAA games. EA Sports paid $40 million in a settlement back in 2016 and are now back in the saddle to return to the college football scene, however, without real athletes.

EA Sports announced EA Sports College Football is currently in development after recently partnering with Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), the licensing partner for many schools in the U.S. The new game, which is early in development and without a release window, will feature more than 100 universities and feature their logos, stadiums, uniforms, and gameday rituals.

The game, however, will not feature student-athlete names, images, or likenesses.

"We’ve heard from the millions of passionate fans requesting the return of college football video games,” said Cam Weber, EA SPORTS EVP and GM, in a statement. “We love the energy, tradition and pageantry of college football and I am beyond thrilled to say we are back in development. We have a lot of really exciting work ahead of us, and a great team that is eager to bring a new game to players in the next couple of years.”

The game hopes to bring back the collegiate football energy and feel from the original franchise for PC, consoles, and mobile.