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IMV Gaming's College Football Game Gridiron Champions Gets a Publisher

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IMV Gaming's College Football Game Gridiron Champions Gets a Publisher

It seems the ambitious folks at IMV Gaming have found a publisher for their college football project, Gridiron Champions.

Big Ant Studios — the same company behind several other niche sport titles such as Don Bradman’s Cricket, Rugby League Live, and Casey Powell Lacrosse — has agreed to provide up to $2.5 million in funding and development help for the game.

Big Ant will provide funding so long as the folks at IMV are able to fundraise their half of development funds. Currently, IMV is trying to raise $850,000 with a stretch goal of $2.5 million themselves to get funding for the development of the game.

You can see their progress and join to help on the IMV Gaming Website.

The vision for Gridiron Champions is to release the game on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC platforms.

The game will be a college football game, but one that’s completely generic but customizable. In short, its what many fans have asked for in the absence of NCAA Football.

There’s a lot of potential with this, and with Big Ant potentially on board — it means that the odds the project actually come to fruition are raised by quite a bit.

We’ll be keeping our eye on this one in the coming months!

 

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  1. Retropyro
    Hopefully this will give EA and/or 2K the kick in the butt to do something similar.

    It could eventually have an effect on EA but first, it has to release and sell well. In all reality, we are a long, long way away from EA even taking notice of it.
    Customisation was a massive part of the cricket game they did and worked brilliantly.
    if they implement the same share system this will be on to a winner! 
    This could be CRAZY.  If they get gameplay right, and we can really customize everything about the teams, conferences, etc., theres an extremely high chance I NEVER stop playing this game!
    All I hope is the customization options for stadiums and uniforms somewhat match real life counterparts. Like if I'm customizing a team to be Clemson, I would want to put a hill on one side of the end zone. 
    Sparkles
    All I hope is the customization options for stadiums and uniforms somewhat match real life counterparts. Like if I'm customizing a team to be Clemson, I would want to put a hill on one side of the end zone.*

    I am not worried about logo or uniform customization with this potential game, but stadium customization is something I am very curious about if it will even be there at all. I could see the game just shipping with 30 generic stadiums that resemble multiple college venues.
    canes21
    I am not worried about logo or uniform customization with this potential game, but stadium customization is something I am very curious about if it will even be there at all. I could see the game just shipping with 30 generic stadiums that resemble multiple college venues.

    It should be there because Big Ant had that in their last rugby game
    bad_philanthropy
    If anyone is curious about RLL4's stadium creator (game released end of last month).

    Well, geez, that alone makes me hope this comes to be. That's incredible.
    Customization is critical for this type of a title. Upgrading stadiums, moving conferences, transfers etc is a must. But this must deliver for gameplay. It cannot look like an Indy title, and must move at least as well as a 360 title would have for their first go.
    I'm more concerned where they want to get their half of the money from. Because 2.5 million...that's a lot of money.
    I'll wait and see.
    It takes people months to do rosters for NCAA. If the game even has 120+ creation spots it will take a really long time to customize rosters, stadiums, coaches, uniforms, etc. they can say the game will be ready in 2019 but with all the customizing the community has to do. The game wouldn't be playable imo for another year or 2.
    WeFireThoseCannons
    It takes people months to do rosters for NCAA. If the game even has 120+ creation spots it will take a really long time to customize rosters, stadiums, coaches, uniforms, etc. they can say the game will be ready in 2019 but with all the customizing the community has to do. The game wouldn't be playable imo for another year or 2.

    Not really considering if it is what the other games they(Big Ant) are like then you will be able to get each team independently along with stadiums, logos, everything customizable can be downloaded independently of one another.
    Basically, once a Nike logo is out, then you can have one person per team make Nike uniforms, then they can make rosters for that team, or someone else can. More or less you can have a bunch of people all working on every aspect simultaneously and have accurate schools, uniforms, stadiums, and rosters within a month of release.
    I could take one weekend watching football on TV and using another screen for the game and easily create the entire ACC from rosters, unifroms, stadiums, field designs, etc. in one sitting if I didn't leave the house. Now imagine that there will be whole communities full of people that would be willing to do that and there is no reason at all we'd have to wait more than 5-6 weeks at most to have near everything we could want.
    What holds up NCAA rosters is that only one person can work at a time. You have to use the same file throughout the process. So only Minnesota can be worked on by one guy, then when it's done you move to Michigan, and on. It takes a long time to do it 1 by 1. Assuming the same setup is in the college game then 12 people could all work at once and have an entire conference finished in the same time it takes to do one roster for NCAA 14.
    To compliment the other video posted, this guy has a couple videos showing off what people have made, All this does is make me want this to become real more, but I will be shocked if they reach their goal and ever being production.
    canes21
    Not really considering if it is what the other games they(Big Ant) are like then you will be able to get each team independently along with stadiums, logos, everything customizable can be downloaded independently of one another.
    Basically, once a Nike logo is out, then you can have one person per team make Nike uniforms, then they can make rosters for that team, or someone else can. More or less you can have a bunch of people all working on every aspect simultaneously and have accurate schools, uniforms, stadiums, and rosters within a month of release.
    I could take one weekend watching football on TV and using another screen for the game and easily create the entire ACC from rosters, unifroms, stadiums, field designs, etc. in one sitting if I didn't leave the house. Now imagine that there will be whole communities full of people that would be willing to do that and there is no reason at all we'd have to wait more than 5-6 weeks at most to have near everything we could want.
    What holds up NCAA rosters is that only one person can work at a time. You have to use the same file throughout the process. So only Minnesota can be worked on by one guy, then when it's done you move to Michigan, and on. It takes a long time to do it 1 by 1. Assuming the same setup is in the college game then 12 people could all work at once and have an entire conference finished in the same time it takes to do one roster for NCAA 14.

    Okay I didn't know multiple downloads would be able to play together. I was thinking if you download from one person that is the file you need to use and you can't lump them all together.
    Thanks
    Now they just need to raise $2,350,000 after raising $149k in the last 4 months.
    All of the funds (the $850k) are refunded if they miss their goal by 5/15/2018 per the terms.
    So this project lives or dies in the next 8 months.
    The partnership is exciting, but the prospect of something coming out of this seems really bleak IMO.
    mestevo
    Now they just need to raise $2,350,000 after raising $149k in the last 4 months.
    All of the funds (the $850k) are refunded if they miss their goal by 5/15/2018 per the terms.
    So this project lives or dies in the next 8 months.
    The partnership is exciting, but the prospect of something coming out of this seems really bleak IMO.

    I didn't realize there would be refunds for this. I'm half tempted when I have some extra money that I may throw it at this since there aren't any games I am looking forward to. If they were even able to reach half of the people that bough NCAA each year to get into their bronze program the game would be in production already.
    PaleVermilion
    Good news: Big Ant is making a football game! (I loved Casey Powell Lacross)
    Bad news: IMV? Ugh. I hate their social media promoting. They don't bring much to this.

    I agree with this post 100%
    canes21
    I didn't realize there would be refunds for this. I'm half tempted when I have some extra money that I may throw it at this since there aren't any games I am looking forward to. If they were even able to reach half of the people that bough NCAA each year to get into their bronze program the game would be in production already.

    It's why they're set up the way they are, this is basically a year-long Kickstarter. If it fails, per their terms, they'll refund. Not sure if you 'subscribe' to a recurring donation that's refunded though.
    Read the terms on the donation page (click to donate then there's a link to terms).
    I hope this game gets made, but after Joe Montana and Backbreaker I'm not really interested in donating to the kickstarter, supporting or really even following the project. Best of luck to them but until I see a decent game on a store shelf for sale, football gaming is dead.

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