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EA Sports announces College Football video game will return this summer

After EA Sports announced that the college football video game would be returning after an 11-year hiatus, many will be reminiscing about their childhoods.

The series began in 1993 with the release of Bill Walsh College Football, and the game was released for two years under the legendary coach’s name.

The name was changed to College Football USA for the 1996 and 1997 seasons, and then to NCAA Football from 1998 to 2014.

Due to a dispute between EA, the NCAA, and college athletes, the game was suspended for a while.

Each installment after the 1997 edition featured a cover athlete, similar to a regular video game.

However, the athletes on the cover were not allowed to receive compensation for their image or likeness.

After an 11-year hiatus, EA Sports has revealed that college football will return this summer. @EASPORTSCollege/X

Additionally, in each installment, game players could not see the athletes’ names when controlling them. Instead, for example, Reggie Bush would be listed as “HB No. 5” and Tim Tebow would be listed as “QB No. 15.”

But now that NIL is legal, players will be able to see exactly who is on the field, not just their position or number.

A release date has not been announced, but the game name will be “College Football 25.”

EA Sports, which started in 1993, was on hiatus for a while due to disputes between EA, the NCAA, and college athletes. @EASPORTSCollege/X
With college football players getting a ton of NIL contracts these days, players will be able to see exactly who is on the field, not just their position or number. @EASPORTSCollege/X

EA Sports announced the game’s return three years ago and even said the game would be released last summer, but that never happened.

The company says the game will arrive “this summer” and details will be announced in May.

The final cover athlete was Denard Robinson of the Michigan Wolverines.

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