NCAA Football 15 has been canceled and Electronic Arts has announced today that the company is evaluating whether or not it will be making any more college football games in the future.
Cam Weber, who is in charge of American Football for EA Sports said in a post on EA's company blog that he understands that this decision is "profoundly disappointing to the people who make this game as I expect it will be for the millions who enjoy playing it each year.”
Weber went on to explain some of the factors that have made the company decide that NCAA Football 13 will be the last title in the series, at least for the foreseeable future.
“We have been stuck in the middle of a dispute between the NCAA and student-athletes who seek compensation for playing college football. Just like companies that broadcast college games and those that provide equipment and apparel, we follow rules that are set by the NCAA – but those rules are being challenged by some student-athletes. For our part, we are working to settle the lawsuits with the student-athletes. Meanwhile, the NCAA and a number of conferences have withdrawn their support of our game.
The fact that the NCAA is withdrawing its support from the game has to be the real death blow to the series and doesn't bode well for anyone like 2K Sports picking up and running with an NCAA Football game.
College sports video games have been slowly dying off over the last few years, with this series being the lone survivor. 2K sports and EA both used to produce NCAA Basketball games and Electronic Arts actually put out an NCAA Baseball game for two years.
Sports video game fans can take heart that the Madden series appears to be very much alive and well and NBA 2Kwhatever is a healthy series as well. Those who enjoy the pomp and circumstance of the college campus better just hold on a little bit tighter to NCAA Football 14.