EA Fiscal Report Indicates Cancellation of NCAA Basketball and New Fighting Title

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Posted February 8th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Earlier today Electronic Arts released their third quarter fiscal 2010 report which also included a list of titles planned for release in the coming fiscal year. All the usual suspects were listed with the exception of one. In addition to to that the rumored release date frame for a couple new franchises can be confirmed as well as the addition of a new fighting title in the works.

As I’ve been discussing the likelihood of for months it now appears a foregone conclusion that the NCAA Basketball series has been canned. It was not included on the fiscal 2011 list which had every other yearly title on it. The signs have been there for a while and included poor sales, complete lack of any post-release support, development team movement, and continued talk of trimming unprofitable titles. There is also the continued issue with collegiate player representation which has resulted in lawsuits and would end up making future college basketball offerings even less appealing than they already were. EA Sports has not made the cancellation official but that will likely happen in the near future.

There were also a few other games to take note of based on their listing in the report. Both NBA Jam and EA Sports MMA are headed towards release in the October-December quarter. I still think there are way too many sports games slated to release within a period of just a few months that it hurts their potential to an extent. Though with NCAA out of the way November is pretty wide open in advance of the holiday buying rush.

Interestingly there is an as of yet unnamed/unannounced “Fighting Title” slated for release in the January-March 2011 quarter. Let the speculation begin on that…

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  • NICEHANDSLARRY

    And nothing of value was lost.

  • juan deleon

    hey mr.padre, please keep an ear out for the kurt warner situation, thanks dude.

  • christian_b

    Not that NCAA B-Ball was any good but its going to suck not having any college basketball game at all to at least consider.

  • http://twitter.com/agentdp009 David Porter

    Oh, great. There are NO college basketball games out now, but there are a ton of NBA games. All I want is one good college basketball game. Maybe 2K will wake up and start making college games again.

  • HustlinOwl

    And this is why I am not buying anymore EA titles and strictly sticking with The Show. Bought NCAA Basketball this past year, worked on rosters and then get no post release support EA blow me

  • Jamin

    Actually there was. There is no ncaa basketball game to play.

  • Jamin

    there is

  • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

    They could, but the same problems that plagued EA makes it unlikely that they'd jump back in to making a college game. There just aren't enough sales to warrant all the headaches.

  • Dr_Logic

    When you produce mediocre products you get mediocre results.

    EA has managed to prove this concept over and over again this decade and they can't blame the recession either. Said simply, this is the market doing quality control.

  • james

    Very well said…

  • sroeland

    Just traded NCAA Basketball 10 in toward MLB 10: The Show.

    I had no desire to buy NCAA 10, but I received it as a gift. Presentation was great, but gameplay was ho-hum. Severe freezing issue in Franchise didn't help either. Everytime I played a game, I got to the final horn, they showed the team celebrate at the bench, and it froze – multiple saves in two different franchises.

    Too bad…back to College Hoops 2K7.

  • DoubleJ

    I almost bought this game until I downloaded the demo. Not that it was terrible, but wasn't significantly better than my past favorite CH 2k8. This goes back to the previous point about EA not having competition and therefore not putting forth the best possible effort. It's disappointing really, as I'm not a big enough NBA fan to buy their games, but am huge into College BBall. Guess it'll be CH 2k8 for the foreseeable future…

  • CLEfan23

    still played CH 2k8 this year. probably gunna have to play it next year. Lets hope that 2k releases a college hoops title next year!

  • gomagic

    ok…so whats your excuse for 2k also dropping NCAA BBall?

  • 2KFanboyIGuess

    Goodbye and good riddance to this trashy series. Maybe EA will take some time off and rework their entire basketball engine. The time is now for College Hoops to make a splash and become a bi-yearly title.

  • http://www.facebook.com/twjackfoley Erik Ganzerli

    EA MMA for Christmas? Are they nuts?

  • reap

    we need college b-ball whats next college football

  • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

    Not likely. The college football game sells something like six times more copies than the college basketball game.

  • lilrick110

    TNA! TNA! TNA!

  • http://ncaaStrategies.com/ cdj

    Plus, I think EA still has the CBB license for at least another year. I can't find anything on that though. 2K can't afford the license plus dev costs at this point. Best chance for a CBB game is to hope EA has a change of heart.

  • gomagic

    Placeholder for if EA snagged the WWE license?

  • Able_Tron

    THQ resigned with WWE for like 7 years. But the previous commenter mentioning TNA could make sense.

  • lynn

    Hey Pasta, is it possible 2K could release updated rosters for CH2K8 as individual purchases? Say for $10? Or are they precluded from releasing ANY college basketball material? Seems to me they could make a little money by simply hiring a couple of guys to create updated rosters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-P-Cross/727731123 Charles P. Cross

    New Fight Night or New Def Jam

  • jusmegamer

    I agree, nothing really new. Probably New Def Jam

  • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

    No, without the license they can't do something like that. Plus the idea of updating “rosters” when the players are supposed to be fake would open them up to a lawsuit like EA is facing now.

  • ABC123

    or maybe just like a downloadable tournament game like they did last year?

  • okafor43

    Come final four time people will be pissed that there is no college basketball game, Im still shocked as why College basketball dont sell well other than the obvious that EA sports is making it but even when 2k had it still nothing! But when you turn the tv on the games are packed.

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  • gomagic

    Right, i know. But they didnt renew until recently. So maybe EA put a placeholder in and started some pre-production just in case. Once THQ renewed, they took it off.

    Probably not true but just another guess.

  • sroeland

    TNA's rights are already secured by another company…Southpeak

    http://kotaku.com/5403401/southpeak-grabs-tna-f

  • cbtaylo

    Anybody know how long does EA have the college license for B-ball? I would love to see 2K come back with a college game, it would be tight!

  • Bisett

    Dear Pasta,

    Please change the title of this article it was misleading.

    Many felt that both NCAA and MMA was canceled.

    Thanks

  • Zach

    EA dosen't have the license, 2K sports didn't make a game after CH2K8 becaues EA was thinking about buying the license in 09. They didn't want to make CH2K9 and then not be able to sale the game.

  • cbtaylo

    Ok, I was hoping that was the case, I know they had sought out a college license for both basketball and football. I think with them bowing out of college basketball, this clearly opens the door for 2K sports to get back in the game. They have a clear cut dominance in videogame basketball….especially with Mike Wang leaving NBA Live and coming back to 2K sports, I love it!

  • Zach

    EA dosen't have the license, 2K sports didn't make a game after CH2K8 becaues EA was thinking about buying the license in 09. They didn't want to make CH2K9 and then not be able to sale the game.

  • cbtaylo

    Ok, I was hoping that was the case, I know they had sought out a college license for both basketball and football. I think with them bowing out of college basketball, this clearly opens the door for 2K sports to get back in the game. They have a clear cut dominance in videogame basketball….especially with Mike Wang leaving NBA Live and coming back to 2K sports, I love it!

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