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    by Published on 09-22-2021 03:11 PM
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    In an exclusive interview with Brian Jones of popculture.com, EA President of Music Steve Schnur gave some very early, but vague, information regarding the soundtrack for EA SPORTS College Football. Some excerpts:

    "I'm a hundred percent on it. I've already been all over it for a couple of months," Schnur told PopCulture. "I can tell you that it will be very different [from] Madden, but it's going to be so awesome because I have had an idea, a concept of what I imagined would be the most amazing college football musical experience. ... But when I pitched the executive producer on this idea, I don't think it took him three seconds to go, 'Go.' And so I can't give you details because I literally, I haven't recorded a note yet, but I can tell you that if we could meet next year, I promise you — I will put a hundred bucks down — you are going to say to me, 'That idea just kicks ass.'

    Read the full article at popculture.com. After reading the article, let us know what you think this new approach might be in the comments below. ...
    by Published on 08-31-2021 03:00 AM
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    Now live within the Superstar KO mode in Madden NFL 22 is a limited-time "Campus Legends" event.

    The “Campus Legends” event features Clemson, Miami, LSU, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, USC, Oregon, Nebraska, and Michigan State. Rosters for each of the teams can be found here.

    With Alabama being one of the most notable exceptions, it's worth wondering if some missing programs will be added at a later date/event or if they still have concerns licensing their program to the company despite EA SPORTS College Football on the horizon.

    The Campus Legends event in Madden NFL 22 Superstar KO runs from August 31 through September 27. Continue on to read the press release from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 08-30-2021 07:42 PM
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    College football season is here once again, meaning it's time to join the 2021 TGT College Pick 'Em group on ESPN.com! Click here to join.


    Each week, pick the winner of ten selected match-ups and rank your picks by confidence. The winner of the season long competition will receive a $20 gift card of their choosing. The Pick 'Em is free to join, so all are welcome to invite friends and family as well.

    Continue on for full details on how to join. ...
    by Published on 08-23-2021 11:30 AM
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    Following the recent conference realignment news and rumors, @cdj80 and @JBHuskers look at the Custom Conferences feature from NCAA Football 14 and talk about how it should look in EA SPORTS College Football.

    Follow the link to watch the Video Podcast and share your thoughts on the show along with future topics.

    The Gaming Tailgate Podcast is also available on Spotify and iTunes.

    To submit show feedback, ask a question, or suggest a topic for a future show, e-mail the guys at podcast AT thegamingtailgate.com or post your thoughts below. ...
    by Published on 07-29-2021 08:33 PM
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    2. NCAA Football 14,
    3. EA SPORTS College Football
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    With the SEC adding Oklahoma and Texas in the near future and more conference shake-ups likely, the Custom Conferences feature from NCAA Football may find itself being a necessary addition to the EA SPORTS College Football franchise sooner rather than later.

    In NCAA Football 14, the feature allowed users to move teams among existing conferences (with conference size restrictions), import teambuilder teams, rename divisions, set BCS automatic qualifiers, as well as providing other options for the conference.

    What options/improvements would you like to see in any future version of the Custom Conferences feature in EA SPORTS College Football?

    Share your thoughts and ideas with the community and we'll highlight them in a future edition of The Gaming Tailgate Podcast. ...
    by Published on 07-14-2021 09:12 AM
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    2. EA SPORTS PGA TOUR
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    In a press release announcing the inclusion of The Old Course at St Andrews Links in EA SPORTS PGA TOUR, the company also revealed that the game will include the fan favorite three-click swing method as well as brand-new swing mechanics that will be detailed in the coming months before the game's scheduled spring 2022 release.

    Excerpt: Inspired by The Open’s rich history and historic 150th championship, EA SPORTS looks to its own long history of making golf video games since 1990 to inspire their next generation golf experience. In addition to playing the Old Course at St Andrews Links, EA SPORTS PGA TOUR players can also look forward to the return of fan favorite gameplay elements such as the three-click swing method which will make its return alongside analog and brand-new swing mechanics which will be detailed further in the coming months.

    Continue on to read the entire press release. ...
    by Published on 06-29-2021 08:25 AM
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    2. Madden NFL
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    The latest Madden NFL 22 developer deep dive video and blog focuses on Dynamic Gameday - features designed to help make each game feel unique.

    There are three core components of Dynamic Gameday: Gameday Momentum, Gameday Atmosphere, and Next Gen Stats: Star-Driven AI.

    Gameday Momentum features a Momentum Meter that its perks, M-Factors. M-Factors can be unlocked or taken away depending on the status of the Momentum Meter. Per the dev blog: "M-Factors are team-wide effects that vary between boosting a team’s performance and providing additional challenges to overcome throughout the course of a game. ... The M-Factors that are available in each game will always vary, based on where the game is played or what the elements are so that each game will feel like a different experience." A feature more prominently found in NCAA Football historically, Home Field Advantage, comes to M22. The home team will receive an extra stadium specific M-Factor but it will be the first disabled if the road team gets the momentum first.

    Gameday Atmosphere focuses on improved atmosphere, broadcast, and presentation. This includes new crowd animations and created super fan characters, remastered real crowd audio recordings, as well as improved sideline and organic on-field player reactions. It also features Gameday Conditions, which are modifications to gameplay that will affect each team equally, either as a benefit or detriment.

    Finally, Next Gen Stats - Star-Driven AI will "drive AI behaviors and tendencies at both a player level and team level."

    Continue on to see the Dynamic Gameday Deep Dive video and blog which also contains notes on core gameplay improvements such as improved player movement, tackling, catching, blocking, and more. ...
    by Published on 06-24-2021 01:47 PM
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    2. EA SPORTS,
    3. NCAA Football 14
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    Journalist Ben Baskin and his 'Lost in Sports' podcast has devoted an episode to NCAA Football, focusing on the success of the franchise and also what led to its ultimate end.

    The 40 minute show features clips from former dev team members Jeff Luhr and Dan Baker, as well as Sam Keller and Sonny Vaccaro, whose lawsuits targeted EA Sports claiming improper use of player likenesses.

    Show description: For years, EA Sports produced an extremely popular, and extremely accurate, college football video game— with all the NCAA teams, stadiums, mascots, traditions, and, yes, the actual players. And then it was gone, leaving its cult fanbase enraged and fighting to keep the game alive. Ben explores the NCAA Football video game series, how it was made, why it went away, and how its loss exposed what it really means to be a college athlete.

    Follow the link to listen to the show. ...
    by Published on 06-22-2021 09:30 AM
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    2. Madden NFL
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    A year ago, a lackluster list of improvements to Madden NFL 21's Franchise Mode led to #FixMaddenFranchise to become one of the top trends on Twitter. In the aftermath of this embarrassment, the Madden NFL development team worked to release post-launch updates to improve the Franchise experience in M21. Heading into Madden NFL 22, the additions and improvements to Franchise Mode have been presented upfront and perhaps as part of the primary focus of the game.

    Some of the big additions include a Coaching Staff (OC, DC, Player Personnel) that can be upgraded through 'Staff Points,' and Talent Trees that provide boosts for each Franchise Staff member. (The Franchise Staff and Talent Tree models appear reminiscent of those similarly found in NCAA Football 14.)

    Planned to arrive in a September update is an improved Scouting system. A deeper look at this system will come on July 19. Other improvements include Weekly Strategy, new Season Engine scenarios, redesigned Franchise Mode hub, tuning and quality of life improvements, among other additions.

    Continue on to see the Franchise Mode trailer, links to Madden developer podcasts, and the Franchise Mode blog. ...
    by Published on 06-17-2021 03:46 PM
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    2. Madden NFL
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    Madden season has begun as EA SPORTS released the Madden NFL 22 cover athletes, release date(s), and first game feature overview.

    The rumors from early spring proved correct as the M22 MVP Edition will feature Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes as the cover athletes. The Deluxe and MVP Editions will be available on August 17, with the standard version released on August 20. Information on the differences between the pre-order bonuses for the versions can be found here.

    Based on the trailer and early game previews from media, M22 will focus on improved game atmosphere with 'Homefield Advantage' and 'Dynamic Gameday' with the goal of making each game and season unique.

    The first game info also highlighted improvements coming to Franchise Mode, ...
    by Published on 05-17-2021 11:32 AM
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    2. EA SPORTS PGA TOUR
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    Ahead of this weekend's PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, EA SPORTS has disclosed some early game info that relates to the event.

    The title, currently slated for release in early 2022, will allow users to play for the PGA Championship and win the historic Wanamaker Trophy in the Champion's Ceremony. The game will include the 2021 host course Kiawah Island and the 2022 host course at Southern Hills Country Club.

    The game will also include the "Team of 20" PGA Club Professionals on in-game leaderboards and will also feature in-game tutorials and challenges designed in-part by PGA Education and Player Development Departments. The tutorials and challenges will be designed to help users not only in-game, but also with their golf game in real life. ...
    by Published on 05-11-2021 10:53 AM
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    2. EA SPORTS
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    Via Twitter, EA has announced that EA Play Live will take place on Thursday, July 22, 2021. This is a month later than EA Play's normal timeframe of mid-June.

    It is expected that this event will showcase upcoming titles and perhaps some reveals. At this time, EA has not shared an itinerary or schedule of games to be presented.

    What games should fans expect to see at EA Play Live? The following slide from Electronic Art's Q4 FY 2021 results provides a potential starting point. (Note the disclaimer of 'announced' fiscal year 22 titles.) Continue on to read more. ...
    by Published on 04-06-2021 08:21 PM
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    2. EA SPORTS GOLF
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    Leading up to this year's Masters Tournament, EA SPORTS has announced they are bringing back their PGA TOUR franchise and that the upcoming title will be the exclusive home for Augusta National Golf Club and The Masters. EA SPORTS PGA TOUR: Road to the Masters will be the only golf game where fans can compete in golf’s four major championships: the Masters Tournament, PGA Championship, U.S. Open Championship, and The Open Championship.

    While not confirmed by EA SPORTS, Augusta National Golf Club and Masters Tournament Chairman Fred Ridley stated that the game is scheduled to be released ahead of next year's Masters Tournament, which will take place April 6-10, 2022.

    The game will be built on the Frostbite engine and utilize "first of its kind aerial scanning to collect millions of data points, previously inaccessible in golf games, to recreate the unparalleled beauty of Augusta National authentically in the game."

    Continue on to see the press release for the return of the franchise and the partnership with Augusta National. ...
    by Published on 03-15-2021 06:50 AM
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    March Madness is upon us and that means it is time for the 2021 TGT Tournament Challenge on ESPN.com. It is free to join the group and the winner of the Tournament Challenge group will receive their choice of either a $20 PSN, XBL, or Nintendo card.

    Feel free to invite friends and family to join the group. The more, the merrier! Click here for a direct link to the Tournament Challenge group.

    In addition to the Men's Tournament Challenge group, there is also a TGT group for the Women's Tournament Challenge. There is no prize for that group, simply pride. ...
    by Published on 03-03-2021 04:00 AM
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    2. Madden NFL
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    The final update to Franchise Mode in Madden NFL 21 is set to arrive on Thursday, March 4 and ahead of its arrival, EA has released full patch notes.

    An overview of improvements include: League History, Trade Logic & Player Value Improvements, Draft Pick values, Team Philosophy Value Differences, Player Value Modifiers, and QB-Specific Value Improvements.

    Also included in the notes is a video from Madden EP Seann Graddy reiterating that Franchise Mode will be an area of focus for the title heading forward. In the background is believed to be a look at some changes coming to the mode in Madden NFL 22, namely redesigned goals and focus assigned to the HC, OC, DC, and Player Personnel.

    Continue on to see the M22 Franchise Mode tease as well as the details on M21's final Franchise Mode update. ...
    by Published on 02-22-2021 04:30 AM
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    2. EA SPORTS College Football
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    When EA SPORTS announced that EA SPORTS College Football was in development on February 2, they stated that over 100 schools were on-board at that time. However, today one of the remaining holdouts, Notre Dame, has announced they will not participate in the game until players can be rewarded for name/image/likeness (NIL) usage.

    While the initial news that a traditional power in college football with not be included in the title is discouraging, keep in mind that the game is years away from release and NIL rules/legislation could be established in the meantime. Such a proper agreement for player NIL usage would likely see the Irish return to the title.

    However, we do not expect Notre Dame to be the only school taking this stance and this may lead to more of the holdouts making their stance publicly known sooner than later. ...
    by Published on 02-10-2021 03:30 AM
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    Courtesy the Orlando Sentinel and coming as no surprise, EA SPORTS College Football will be developed at EA Tiburon, the home of Madden NFL and where NCAA Football was also produced. However, before full-fledged production can begin, EA will be looking to flesh out the College Football development team.

    “It’s not like we have a group of people just sitting around doing nothing that are waiting to build College Football,” [EA COO and CFO Blake] Jorgensen said. “We’re going to need to grow a team to do that. We think it’s the right thing to do.”

    EA Tiburon is still on track to move from their current studio in Maitland, Florida to a larger studio in downtown Orlando's Creative Village this October. This new studio space could see the current Tiburon employee count grow from 700 to 1,000 by 2025, spearheaded by new projects such as College Football. As part of the move, EA could receive as much as $9 million in tax incentives, and the deal only required the studio to maintain a workforce of 600. Per an EA Tiburon recruiter, College Football job listings will be available and posted "soon" at careers.ea.com.

    Public social media postings by current and former EA employees have revealed that EA currently has College Football development team members "on each coast," presumably at EA Tiburon (Florida) and either EA Redwood Shores or EA Vancouver, and that some developers were already assigned to the project as far back as summer 2020, if not earlier. EA is also currently 'assessing how spread out the team will be;' determining what other studios may be assisting in development. ...
    by Published on 02-03-2021 03:00 AM
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    In just one day of being announced publicly, the official EA SPORTS College Football Twitter page has garnered just over 162,000 followers, showing the demand and hunger fans have for a new college football title.

    Comparing this number to followers for other sports titles puts College Football in the top ten with the possibility of going even higher as actual game information is known along with more fans becoming aware of the title. With the 162K followers in one day, College Football has already surpassed NBA LIVE and is within range of EA SPORTS UFC and Madden Mobile.

    A passion for the title is of no surprise given that, per yesterday's official press release, "the EA SPORTS college football franchise was a consistent top-five sports title in North America during its previous run, generating tens of millions unit sales from 2005-2014." However, this immediate massive following seemed to even catch the official account off-guard as they tweeted a statement later in the day sharing how they are blown away by the fan's passion for the upcoming title.

    Continue on to see the Twitter follower totals for current and former sports gaming video titles. ...
    by Published on 02-03-2021 12:20 AM
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    San Diego Studio has announced the Collector's Editions of MLB The Show 21 featuring Jackie Robinson. This will mean that the title is available via four different product SKUs across PlayStation and Microsoft consoles, leading consumers to do their homework before purchasing.

    Each of the three Collector's Editions (Jackie Robinson Edition, Digital Deluxe Edition, and Jackie Robinson Deluxe Edition) will give players four days early access to the game on April 16. The editions also all come with different combinations of in-game perks, with the Jackie Robinson Deluxe Edition including two physical items, a New Era MLB The Show 9FIFTY Jackie Robinson Deluxe Edition Cap and a Limited Edition Steel Book.

    For every Collector's Edition sold in the United States, PlayStation will donate $1 to the Jackie Robinson Foundation to establish the JRF MLB The Show Scholars supported by PlayStation Pathways program. Continue on to learn about each of the MLB The Show 21's Collector's Editions. ...
    by Published on 02-02-2021 04:00 AM
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    EA SPORTS has officially announced that EA SPORTS College Football is in development, marking the studio's return to college football gaming after the NCAA Football franchise's cancellation in 2013.

    ESPN has some of the first information regarding the franchise's eventual return: "[EA Sports vice president and general manager Daryl] Holt said there is not a date on when the game will return or even a date when the return will be announced other than it won't be coming back for this year."

    The company has been working with the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) to attain rights to the FBS schools, traditions, uniforms, and playbooks. As of the article's publishing, over 100 schools are planned for inclusion in the game. Until name, image, and likeness (NIL) licensing is resolved by the NCAA, the game will go ahead without real player rosters. Holt added that the current focus for the title will be on the "FBS Division I schools and the road to the College Football Playoff and college football championship." ...

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