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NCAA Football 14 is the last officially licensed college football title.

Imagine a future college football title from a publisher not named EA Sports with no licenses whatsoever. No conferences, no teams, no official stadiums.

The only thing this fictional game would have would be solid gameplay, a well thought out career mode, and intense customization options to allow gamers to build teams, conferences, and stadiums to their liking.

This game, of course, doesn't exist -- but we're interested to see how interested hardcore sports gamers are in such an idea.

Sound off by voting in our poll to your right on the frontpage and above you in the forums!

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# 1 BizDevConglomerate @ 10/04/13 12:18 PM
Yup. I pleaded my case on here and met some skepticism, but I believe a well thought out, well marketed, very deep, very different concept will have a huge impact on gaming going forward. Ppl are afraid of change. But with no bells and whistles, true skill must emerge. Look at it this way, take 2k, Backbreaker, Madden, and The Show. From them, take all that is amazing and BOOM! the next step in gaming.

No ones deeper than 2k, prettier than The show, graphically inclined than madden, and close to the physics of Backbreaker.

Les do it.
 
# 2 StayPlation82 @ 10/04/13 12:18 PM
I feel like a generic 7 on 7 football game, in the way of nba 2k crew mode, would be ideal at the right price. add the customization elements from a teambuilder and a performance based xp level up system? swipe my card!
 
# 3 thehitokiri @ 10/04/13 12:19 PM
this again ??? ... how many of this type of post came up when 2k lost EA with the NFL license ?? ... this is a waste of time...smh
 
# 4 Shaffer26 @ 10/04/13 12:38 PM
From 2K? Absolutely.
 
# 5 GlennN @ 10/04/13 12:40 PM
NCAA or NFL (or any sport, really) I would buy if it had good gameplay and career mode. Once I am deep into my franchise, I am using fictional players anyway. I could deal with using fictional teams, uniforms and stadiums (none of that is of great importance to me).
 
# 6 Texas Ace @ 10/04/13 12:54 PM
They had me at "solid gameplay". I would play any football game that gave me that much because Madden hasn't done that in years and I've pretty much given up on them ever making a truly good football game.

EA is more focused on blades of grass and what wrist bands a guy wears moreso than the on-the-field product. So if someone put together a very good football sim with customizable options like the kind you'd see in Pro Evolution Soccer, I'd buy it without thinking twice.
 
# 7 godylla @ 10/04/13 12:55 PM
If there is a good online community with file sharing so that I don't have to edit all 120 teams and stadiums and jerseys myself.
 
# 8 Cod @ 10/04/13 12:55 PM
For "true customization", the game would have to be released on PC with all the mod tools readily available (think MVP 05 and NBA 2k series).
 
# 9 dghustla @ 10/04/13 01:03 PM
What COD said.

How deep is the customization going to be. Will there be room for at least 120 teams? how is the season mode played? do you play your conference and that's it, playoff? It could work. But I don't think it will be as easy as ppl think in terms of sharing copy righted material and team likeness. I'm not saying it won't be doable but I think the developer could be exposed to legal risk if the game is widely regarded as a work around to use licences they are not allowed to use.
 
# 10 Cardot @ 10/04/13 01:34 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by dghustla
But I don't think it will be as easy as ppl think in terms of sharing copy righted material and team likeness. I'm not saying it won't be doable but I think the developer could be exposed to legal risk if the game is widely regarded as a work around to use licences they are not allowed to use.
Can they make roster files so that they can be directly saved to a USB and then shared by users on their own websites? (As opposed to the developer managing and promoting the sharing). Seems like that would remove a little liability, but still make it realitively easy?
 
# 11 BoCgrist @ 10/04/13 01:57 PM
Any football not made by Eeverything Average sports I will play.
 
# 12 jeremym480 @ 10/04/13 02:03 PM
Honestly, I would rather have a NCAA/CLC licensed game with all conferences, stadiums, etc. except with all fictional players and no roster editing.
 
# 13 LingeringRegime @ 10/04/13 02:28 PM
If 2K made a game like that I would buy it in a heartbeat.

If EA made a game like that I wouldn't.

Just being honest.
 
# 14 UofMTigerFan @ 10/04/13 02:52 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Texas Ace
They had me at "solid gameplay". I would play any football game that gave me that much because Madden hasn't done that in years and I've pretty much given up on them ever making a truly good football game.

EA is more focused on blades of grass and what wrist bands a guy wears moreso than the on-the-field product. So if someone put together a very good football sim with customizable options like the kind you'd see in Pro Evolution Soccer, I'd buy it without thinking twice.
I even enjoyed "Blitz, the League". Nothing was real about that game but I always felt I was in control.
 
# 15 bxphenom7 @ 10/04/13 03:05 PM
Make this about Pro Football, and my answer would be yes if the gameplay and career mode were good.
 
# 16 Demoncrom @ 10/04/13 03:06 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by BoCgrist
Any football not made by Eeverything Average sports I will play.
YUP I Totally agree
 
# 17 SkillzKillz719 @ 10/04/13 03:13 PM
hell to the mother ****ing yes!
 
# 18 huntt26 @ 10/04/13 03:29 PM
If it was FULLY customizable and easy to share rosters/teams/conferences/etc. then yes.
 
# 19 kingsofthevalley @ 10/04/13 03:54 PM
Please understand that I'm not being rude when I say this, but you already know that

1. Most of the hardcore sim heads on this site would probably love this, and

2. Most of the hardcore sim heads are (like myself), a bit tired of this question if its not something thats coming down the pipeline any time soon brother.

3. Most of the hardcore sim heads aren't even going to respond because of the second half of the # 2 sentence.

The bulk of responses for this type of question were given a loooooong time ago and aint nobody talking about it anymore unless its on some devs plate somewhere. Lead me to that plate and interest will be generated again. Until then, dead.
 
# 20 elgreazy1 @ 10/04/13 04:04 PM
I have been hammering away at this for years: yes, people will buy it.

The problem is how to monetize it and the solution is simple: make it a subscription based game - a model many games are going towards now. There are only two reasons gamers are compelled to buy sports games on a yearly cycle: new rosters and servers which are shut down when a game is 2+ years out of cycle.

Since this hypothetical generic game would have its content user-generated (teams, uniforms, rosters, sliders, stadium music, playbooks, etc), the only real role the developer needs to play is maintaining servers, patches/updates to the game, and possibly adding future features (which it can charge for if it so chooses). If the developers were really smart, they would open the game up to PC mods and let the community do the work of finding innovation.

BUT the gameplay needs to be really worth it. And as we've seen in this generation of football games, gameplay has been truly lackluster.
 

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