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College Football Video Games Will Be Returning In 2020

Well, kind of.

On Monday, it was announced that game developer IMackulate Vision Gaming (IMV) would be rolling out their college football title “Gridiron Champions” in 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam.

The game will be unlicensed, meaning there will be no real college teams that come with the base game. However, it will be customizable. So teams, players, conferences, stadiums, and even postseason bowl games and playoffs will be up to the players.

IMV has been working on filling a void in the college football gaming market that has been present since the last EA Sports release of NCAA Football 14 five years ago in 2013. The long-running series was halted after the NCAA ended its licensing contract with EA in 2014 due to the legal dispute over the usage of player likeness in games.

Needless to say, this is a godsend for us who have been craving the return of the annual college football game releases that we took for granted years ago. Gone will be the sole option of having to stick with your copy of NCAA 14 and downloading the new fan-made rosters before the start of each season. While, yes, this will not be an “official” NCAA game complete with the renderings of college football’s most hollowed grounds, traditions and teams ready-to-go, it is finally a new CFB game for current-gen consoles.

And that’s what makes the customization factor key. Fans will be able to recreate CFB teams and rosters and I would assume this would be available for other players to download, so that issue is solved.

Just recently, IMV announced that they are now backed by a “top-tier investment core group” that has agreed to help them in expecting to raise over $10 million in capital. They also have notable names in the world of sports that are investing with them as things start to take off in the Oakland Raiders’ Vadal Alexander and Spencer Dinwiddle of the Brooklyn Nets.

In a press release, IMV also stated that they are looking at even bigger plans for the near future:

IMV Gaming is working on next steps such as discussions with game developers in the manufacturing partner selection process as well as the future games for 2021 which include a potentially licensed version of Gridiron Champions and potentially a college basketball experience.

Sign me up for all of this, please. An annual, licensed game with big-time developers at the helm would make it like EA never left the game and a college basketball game for the first time since NCAA Basketball 10? I am all in.

2020 needs to hurry and get here. In the meantime, I’ll be firing up the PS3 and dominating on Road to Glory Mode with my 99 overall maxed-out player, just patiently waiting.


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