After adding school-specific chants for 20+ programs in NCAA Football 13, Kotaku's Owen Good reports that NCAA 14 will feature real crowd audio from 40 total stadiums. Last weekend, Good aided NCAA producer Ben Haumiller in recording game audio at North Carolina, Duke, and NC State.
In addition to the three North Carolina schools listed above, EA SPORTS has made known resource gathering visits this season to South Alabama, Texas A&M, and will be at Texas State this weekend.
Continue on to read an excerpt of Good's experience and to learn more about the process of adding these school specific audio details to the franchise.
UPDATE - Sunday evening, another article from Good ("Understanding Its Mobs’ Mentality Helps NCAA Football Stand Out in a Crowd") discusses how in real-life crowds sound different at each stadium and that it has yet to be reflected in NCAA Football.
A Silent Service Delivers the Sound of Saturday to NCAA Football
For the past two years, EA Sports has introduced actual stadium audio into NCAA Football—cheers, groans, chants, outbursts, you name it. It may be more essential in a college football video game—whose fans are motivated by a personal identification unique to major sports—than in any other simulation.
The collection of this audio can only be done one way—in person. When three of Tobacco Road's four schools all played home games at separate starting times last Saturday, Haumiller saw an opportunity to get another three school's chants, cheers and atmosphere into the game, beginning with NCAA 14 next year. And, as his alma mater, Florida State would be playing mine, N.C. State, in the nightcap, he invited me along to get a look at—or a listen to—the process.
By next year, NCAA Football 14 will feature real crowd audio from 40 stadiums, about a third of the population in college football's top division. You can get a taste of what this sounds like if you play a game at Michigan, whose "Go Blue" chant is taken directly from the 24-track audio ESPN broadcast at last year's game against Ohio State. This year's game added audio from another two dozen stadiums in 2011—Texas, Oregon, Oregon State, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, even Penn State, on the day after Joe Paterno was fired (which must have been surreal. On one hand, it's a completely different crowd experience. On the other, the "We Are Penn State" chant likely came through loud and clear.)
Read the full article at Kotaku.