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24 Feb 2021

EA Sports College Football set to make a big return

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EA is bringing back a classic franchise after a seven year absence, and excitement is building with fans about the potential for EA Sports College Football, in essence what could be NCAA 22.

Here, we've got all the current information about what EA Sports College Football (NCAA 22) could look like from a gameplay perspective and when it might be released.

Latest News - Notre Dame refusing to be in EA Sports College Football

One of the biggest looming questions about EA Sports College Football (NCAA 22) has to do with which schools will be on board for the new title.

IRISH OUT: Notre Dame is refusing to be in EA Sports College Football
IRISH OUT: Notre Dame is refusing to be in EA Sports College Football

Things have already hit their first significant roadblock, as Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick released a definitive statement indicating that the school and their branding will not be allowed in EA Sports College Football (NCAA 22).

However, it may be possible for things to change if the NCAA changes their NIL (name, image, likeness) rules and allows players to have the option to be compensated if included in the product.

READ MORE: Will Notre Dame be in EA Sports College Football?

EA Sports College Football - NCAA 22

EA have officially revealed that the next big college football video game is currently in development!

The game, which will be the start of a new series called EA Sports College Football (rather than NCAA 22 as fans expected), has a ton of promise!

So what do we know so far?

Release Date

EA Sports College Football (NCAA 22) has no official release date, but according to EA Sports Vice President Daryl Holt, it won't arrive until 2022.

EA Sports College Football NCAA 22 Release Date Trailer Gameplay
DOWNFIELD: EA are in the process of making the next big college football game

While this is a big blow to fans who are excited to get back to college football, it's a big first step after a 7 year hiatus from the NCAA college football game series.

READ MORE: NCAA Football 22: Release Date, Delays & more

Gameplay

We certainly have no gameplay footage of EA Sports College Football (NCAA 22) just yet, and expect that's a long ways away.

EA Sports College Football NCAA 22 Graphics Release Date Licensing
NEXT STEP: NCAA 14 was the last game of the series, and graphics have improved dramatically since

The good news, however, is we do know the kind of game EA are currently working on.

For starters, EA Sports College Football (NCAA 22) will not have the likeness of players or personnel unless image rights are awarded to players with the overturning of NCAA rules before the game releases.

Even if the NCAA image rights discussion makes progress, it may not be in time to impact a 2022 release.

The game will, however, have FBC schools, mascots, playbooks, traditions and more.

READ MORE: Madden 22: Release Date, Trailers, Cover Star, Franchise Mode & more

Trailer

The next big thing we'll get about EA Sports College Football will likely be an announcement trailer.

EA Sports College Football NCAA 22 Graphics Release Date
NEXT LEVEL: EA have fantastic graphics to push into EA Sports College Football games

This would follow in line with how EA develops its sports titles FIFA, Madden, and NHL.

This trailer will likely give us our first look at gameplay footage for EA Sports College Football (NCAA 22).

READ MORE: Madden 21 February Title Update: Patch Notes, Blocking Improvements, Cover 3, Cover 4, Nickel & more

Game Modes

The NCAA game series is most known for its amazing game modes, and we have very high hopes the classics will return in EA Sports College Football (NCAA 22).

NCAA 22 EA Sports College Football Game Modes Road to Glory Dynasty
MAKE YOUR CHOICE: Road to Glory let players fight to make the biggest college football rosters

This includes Road to Glory, a story mode focused on created players that take you through the journey from high school to NCAA football, and Dynasty mode which lets you take over college football programs and handle everything from recruiting up.

These game modes felt much more polished and entertaining than current game modes for Madden 21 like the flawed Franchise Mode and at times incoherent Face of the Franchise mode.

But while EA has some misses with the Madden series today, other more positive innovations may make their way into the EA Sports College Football (NCAA 22) game like player movement systems and abilities.

READ MORE: Madden 21 Pro Bowl: What the Future Holds

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