Electronic Arts and CLC, the nation’s leading collegiate trademark licensing company, on Tuesday announced plans to roll out a college football video game again, the company announced Tuesday on its Twitter and Facebook pages.
The partnership would make EA Sports the exclusive developer of simulation college football video games, according to the companies.
No specific details were provided about when EA College Sports would be released, but development of the game has just started, the companies indicated.
EA Sports has an Orlando-based production studio. It is unclear whether EA College Football will bring additional jobs to Central Florida.
"We’ve heard from the millions of passionate fans requesting the return of college football video games,” EA Sports Executive Vice President and General Manager Cam Weber said 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.”
EA College Football will be the first game connected to the sport since NCAA Football 2014. EA Sports took NCAA Football out of production after it was sued by some college athletes who accused the company of using their names and likenesses without authorization. A licensing agreement between EA and the NCAA expired in 2013, and the parties agreed to mutually part ways.
Through the CLC partnership, EA College Football will include the rights to more than 100 institutions and will feature the logos, stadiums, uniforms, and gameday traditions of them. It will not include student-athlete names, images and likenesses, but EA Sports said it is "continuing to watch those developments closely."