There is no questioning that one of the most popular sports video game franchises of all time is EA Sports’ “NCAA Football”. Fans of the franchise were heartbroken to hear that the company would no longer make the game following the Ed O’Bannon case against the NCAA.
A new installment in the game hasn’t been released since 2013 with Denard Robinson gracing the cover of “NCAA Football 14”. What is even more sad is that the game is that the game can’t be played on new-gen consoles like the Xbox One and Playstation 4, leaving a void in many fans’ hearts.
One fan of the game that seemed to have been upset about the game’s departure is Todd Howard, director of popular games “Fallout 4” and “Skyrim”. He talked with Gamespot and expressed his grief with the game no longer being made and even asked EA Sports to begin making the game again.
“NCAA Football was one of my favorite games; they don’t make it anymore,” Howard said. “While I’m here, EA, can you make NCAA Football again, please? That game honestly was important to me. I would play and win the national championship, recruit my team–the pride I felt in doing it. I felt good during the day if I won and I felt bad if I lost. to the computer. Now they don’t make it anymore and there’s a hole in my life.”
He was speaking directly to EA at the 2016 DICE Summit on Thursday and it’s pretty clear that he is a rabid college football fan, like many video game nerds are.
The O’Bannon case against the NCAA has since been settled and a lawsuit brought by college football players against EA has also been closed. If there ever were a perfect time to start making the games again, it would be now.
In the days leading up to this year’s College Football Playoff national championship game, the video game’s Facebook page became active for the first time in nearly two years by releasing a short video teasing something that got many fans’ heart rate spiking.
However, that turned out to be a hype video for the national championship game. Oh, what could have been.
I have to agree with Howard, as do many other fans of the game. We want to see this franchise make a triumphant return to our lives just so we can go out and help Vanderbilt win a national championship.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to EA Sports