It’s been nearly five years since a console football game last released that didn’t carry with it NFL and NFLPA licensing. Backbreaker in 2010 followed All Pro Football 2K8 from 2007 and neither received a sequel. The last truly successful unlicensed game was Blitz: The League which came out in 2005. The limited market, greater development costs, and higher consumer expectations have made projects such as those increasingly difficult to justify and stay alive beyond the conceptual process.
Joe Montana Football 16 though looks to be the next to try it and could learn a lot by assessing what worked in those past attempts and what failed. The image released earlier this week was seemingly intended to quash the rumblings that the game would include NFL licensing. There’s also Mutant Football League apparently still coming down the line.
Vote in the poll and leave your thoughts in the comments. Will you consider purchasing future unlicensed football games? If yes, what specifically do you need to see from an unlicensed product to buy in? Poll results and analysis will be posted early next week.