Wednesday Round Up
NCAA Will Not Renew EA Contract
EA’s NCAA 14 just hit store shelves this month and if today’s new is any indication it might be the last college football game sanctioned by the NCAA. The NCAA listed the economic climate as well as the ongoing cost of litigation as the reasons for ending the agreement. It you haven’t been following the story, EA and the NCAA have been sued by several former players for blatantly using their likenesses without compensation. Basically if you pick the Ohio State Buckeyes in NCAA 14 and they have No. 5 listed as the quarterback and No. 5 just happens to have the exact same height, build, and attributes of Braxton Miller is simply not using the players name enough to say that you aren’t depicting a digital version of Miller? That has been the problem current and former players have had with the franchise over the past few years. I think this might be the last sanctioned game for a while. It doesn’t sound like this is the last college football game from EA though. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy tweeted that EA sports will have a college football game after 2014 but that it wouldn’t be affiliated with the NCAA. It will be interesting to see what a non-sanctioned title will look like. Links to the story from today as well as a New York Times article on players who have sued the NCAA over the game can be found below.
Bioware Making Progress on Mass Effect 4
Bioware continues to tease a new entry in the Mass Effect franchise. Not much is known about the game except that it will use the Frostbite 3 engine developed by DICE and will feature a new main character. Bioware is holding to their promise that Mass Effect 3 was the end of Commander Shepherd’s story no matter how unsatisfying that ending was. My anger has faded with time over the ending of Mass Effect 3 and I’m at a point now where I’m ready to give the series another chance. The thing that I love about Mass Effect and Dragon Age is that they are single player oriented games. I don’t like MMO’s. I don’t like being drug along on quests by friends that want to fly through the game as quick as possible or dealing with random people. Mass Effect and Dragon Age are still at their core strong single player role playing games. I like being able to explore a world at my leisure without worrying about daily events, loot that will be good for a few weeks before growing outdated, or depending on random people to experience some of the content in the game. By the time that Dragon Age III comes out next fall I’ll be back on board. It will be up to Bioware to keep me there.