The day many avid college football fans who also happen to be gamers have been dreading has finally arrived. Early this week, EA Sports officially announced that they have cancelled the NCAA Football series. This is an about-face after coming out strongly a few weeks ago after losing the NCAA license and saying that there would in fact be a game next year. To be fair, this news comes after several individual colleges indicated that they would more than likely not license the use of their schools for upcoming games. The problem for EA ultimately was that if you can’t have full schedule accuracy and authenticity then the appeal of a game like this goes way down and they wouldn’t be able to count on fans to support the franchise going forward. EA also finally settled their player likeness lawsuit earlier this week so EA seems to be looking to make a clean break with college sports. Getting out now protects them from any future litigation of this type.
There is no word on whether EA Sports will revamp things and attempt to release some kind of college game released on fictitious colleges or something of that nature. Honestly, I don’t know if there is even a market for something like that and they’d have to be really careful in the coloring and what not to avoid issues with schools saying the fictitious schools were based on their schools so it probably won’t happen. In any case, that means that this year’s NCAA Football 14 was the last game in the franchise, so if you are a college football fan I suggest that you hold onto this year’s copy because their won’t be another game of its kind for you to get your college football Saturday kicks off for a long time.