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A college football video game revival in the works

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Don’t tease me. Those three words have been uttered by every fan of the EA Sports NCAA Football franchise when it comes to unearthing the college football video game for another run, a currently unforeseeable concept. One company is looking to change that and make dreams come true, though.

Introducing iMackulate Vision Gaming, a company looking to bring a next generation product to college football fans dying for some relief from the dog days when the only college football you’ll find are re-runs on conference networks and ESPN. The founders, Alex and Kameron Lewis, share the same passion and love for the lost video game as anyone else who ever waited in line, renamed rosters or downloaded alternate uniforms.

The two cousins saw the community of NCAA Football fans trying a number of different ways to get that badly needed fix back. There were attempts to make the games backwards compatible, petitions were passed around, but obviously none were fruitful. Enter the passion of the Lewis cousins and you have the #BringBackGreatness movement.

If you own a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One console and it has been denied the experience of a college football disc, IMVG is your best friend right now. They want to see you able to waste hours, days and weeks in front of your television building a college football dynasty or championing your team yourself in a mode similar to NCAA Football’s “Road to Glory” mode. They want to be right there with you.

Of course, the big question pertains to what put the final nail in NCAA Football’s coffin. What about the rosters? How will IMVG get around the complications that came with player likenesses?

Right now the cousins are betting on precedent and a willingness to work straight from the source. They’re looking to add a re-mastered ultimate team mode, but player likenesses may show up. Their answer is to contract the licenses to those former college football players independently as EA Sports has an exclusive deal with the NFLPA putting up a pretty significant roadblock. Another reason for optimism, IMVG pointed out that 2K managed to work some deals regarding licenses in this past year’s installment of NBA 2k16.

The main focus of the game is about is true customization and giving a community that wants a college football game back the opportunity to customize rosters along with uniforms and even stadiums. IMVG wants to go so far as creating the opportunity for the user to create high school leagues and truly stretch the boundaries of imagination.

Fans want to be immersed in realism and that’s what IMVG is determined to give them. Traditions, certain accessories, celebrations and crowd interaction are all crucial parts of an eventual game’s experience.

The main difference between EA Sports and IMVG has definitely been public interaction. They’re active on social media and their fans are as pumped up as the company is to be in a position to bring a quality product to them.  

The dream’s been outlined, but like any good product, there must be capital. IMVG has addressed this by going back to the very community it looks to psych up in the form of a Kickstarter campaign which begins on September 2. While incentives aren’t ready to be announced just yet, there will be 13 tiers of donations ranging from $5 to $5,000.

Should the Lewis cousins get the money, developers and everything else they need to make this game a reality, a very loose release time of 2019 has been given. However, the group states that it will maintain a very open dialogue with fans regarding updates and just how far along the game is in terms of development.

If EA Sports sees a threat in what IMVG is looking to do, we may see the NCAA Football franchise reborn, but would it be just some random vanilla reboot as a cash grab or would it be revamped and fresh? Many fans of the series complained that it seemed like NCAA Football was merely last year’s Madden rebranded, so would that still be the case?

That we don’t know, but IMVG is clearly committed to producing a quality product first and foremost and if they can, that’s a major selling point as opposed to what EA Sports can – and has thus far seemingly refused – to offer.

While the product at this time is still very much in its infancy, it has the passion behind it from the top to the fans to make this thing happen and that’s crucial to see the idea turn into a disc that you can slide into your console.

The passion is there, this is no tease.

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A college football video game revival in the works

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