EA has hinted that it may bring back its popular NCAA Football sim series after the NCAA changes its regulations. While the EA Madden NFL games are some of the most talked about releases every year, fans have been asking the publisher to release more NCAA Football games since NCAA Football 14 was released in 2013.


The only thing that seemed to stop EA from developing more NCAA Football games was the ongoing legal dispute around player likenesses and whether they could be used in video games like this. However there was some movement on this last week after the state of California brought the Fair Pay to Play Act into law. This made it illegal for the NCAA to stop college football players from making money from their names and likenesses. The law prompted the NCAA to change its policy and potentially paved the way forward for a new NCAA Football game, where players are compensated for being in the game.






On Twitter, Wall Street Journal journalist Jason Gay revealed that he had spoken to EA CEO Andrew Wilson about the potential for a new NCAA Football game last week, at the WSJ Tech Live event. Wilson said that EA "would love to build a game" in the NCAA Football series, and that "If there’s a world where the folks who govern these things are able to solve for how to pay players for the use of their name and likeness and stats and data, we would jump at the opportunity to build a game in a heartbeat.”


It's probably a bit soon to suggest which college football player will be hit with the Madden cover star curse. The college players who are fighting to get on NFL team radars and are competing for the Heisman now may not get the chance to star in the next NCAA Football game. It may take EA that long to develop a new title and agree fees with these players.


What it does mean though, is that now very likely that a new game in the series will be released at some point. Fans love the series and some feel that NCAA Football is more entertaining that Madden NFL. That's huge as the Madden NFL games have reviewed so well. The publisher isn't typically one to turn down potentially money making sequels and it would be surprising if it didn't quickly start trying to work on something.