College Basketball Video Games? Say No More!

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Photo Credit: Flickr

If you’re a basketball fan, and NBA 2K is your thing, you know College Sports are anticipated annually. But will they ever return?

Many leaks in the last week have given us the idea that college basketball will be returning in just two moths from now. Even better, it will return as a product within the one and only, NBA 2K series. Yes!

2K Sports has a license to at least 11 universities. It also appears that the schools will be handled within the game’s MyCareer Mode. This is a story based mode where the user has the ability to control their single player through a narrative path.

So what teams are we looking at? The licenses for Arizona, Arizona State, Georgetown, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan, Texas, UCLA, UConn, Villanova, and Wisconsin have been attained by 2K through the Collegiate Licensing Company. Davidson is another one that’s also being considering.

As with anything, there are some major restrictions on what these college teams are capable of and what we can do with them. They won’t have real life rosters, editing player names is not an option, and the NCAA will not be involved. There is still talk about how they’re going to be utilized and that may be only within the story mode.

It’s not the same college sports video game we’ve all grown to know and love, but it’s a start. No universities have been sued throughout these affairs, and each school will hold their own rights to their own marks, being licensed out, as they wish. Of course, they must not impose on the likenesses of real life individuals.

North Carolina, a university currently in the middle of a scandal, chose to not be involved or a part of this game. UNC’s name has already been taken off from Michael Jordan’s jersey.

NBA 2K16 is something we are all looking forward to. There’s still a bunch of questions we need answers to, but it’s okay because we’re getting a huge amount of new features, a product involving Spike Lee, and now college basketball!

How much more could we ask for?

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