EA Sports Reveals Cover Stars for Upcoming College Football Game

EA Sports unveils College Football 25 deluxe edition cover featuring six top college football players. The game, set for a July release, will include over 10,000 current college players, made possible by recent NCAA rule changes.

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EA Sports Reveals Cover Stars for Upcoming College Football Game

EA Sports Reveals Cover Stars for Upcoming College Football Game

EA Sports has unveiled the cover art for the deluxe edition of its highly anticipated College Football 25 video game, featuring six of the biggest stars in college football. The leaked cover showcases Georgia quarterback Carson Beck, Ohio State running back Quinshon Judkins, Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe, Michigan running back Donovan Edwards, Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers, and Colorado two-way player Travis Hunter.

The reveal of the cover athletes comes ahead of afull game revealplanned for May 16, with a likely release date in July, just in time for the start of the 2024 college football season. The game marks the return of EA Sports' college football franchise after an 11-year hiatus due to legal issues surrounding the use of player likenesses.

The inclusion of current college players on the cover and in the game itself is made possible by recent changes to NCAA rules that allow athletes to profit from their name, image, and likeness (NIL) rights. EA Sports has partnered with OneTeam, a NIL marketplace, to secure the rights to feature over 10,000 current college football players in the game. "OneTeam proudly announces our successful aggregation of rights for EA's College Football game in the first week, with 10,000-plus players already opting in," said Aaron Solender, OneTeam's director of college strategy and operations.

Players who have opted in will receive a minimum of $600 plus a copy of the game, valued at $70, for their likeness being included. Higher-profile athletes like those featured on the cover have likely secured more lucrative deals. Players who declined the offer will have generic avatars created in their place, and gamers will be blocked from manually adding them to the game.

The game will feature all 134 FBS schools and incorporate authentic college football elements, including the ESPN broadcast crew, the transfer portal, and NIL dynamics. An in-game screenshot showcases the pageantry of college football, with Notre Dame players running out of the tunnel at Notre Dame Stadium.

The original EA Sports college football franchise, which ran from 1998 to 2013, was immensely popular, with the final installment selling around 1.5 million copies. The new game is expected to significantly exceed those sales numbers. As the countdown to the game's full reveal ticks down, anticipation continues to build for the long-awaited return of a beloved video game franchise, now featuring the faces of college football's brightest stars.