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EA Sports College Football 2025 coming this summer. See release date, OSU players and more

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The wait is finally over.

There will be a college football video game for the first time in 11 years when EA Sports College Football 2025 comes out this summer.

The full, nearly two-minute official trailer for this year’s installment premiered last week across numerous social media platforms.

The last installment in the franchise came back in 2013 with the release of NCAA Football 14 before the college football season. The PlayStation 3 was the best-selling console that year, the Xbox 360 came in second and the PS4 was brand new, according to The Motley Fool.

With such a wide gap between releases, there will be a vast difference in the latest game — including enhanced graphics on the latest generation consoles and the ability to use the actual names, players and likenesses (NIL) in the game — whereas in previous iterations had only the player’s number on the front and back of the jersey.

Leading up to the highly anticipated video game, EA Sports shared that all 134 FBS schools will be featured and 10,000 athletes are already confirmed to be in the game back in early March.

Several Ohio State stars are among the players featured in the game (more on that below).

More: See the Ohio State trailer for new EA Sports College Football video game

When does NCAA Football 25 come out?

The game will be available worldwide on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S on July 19.

That mid-July release date marks nearly 11 years to the day of NCAA Football 14, which made its debut on July 9, 2013.

Why did the release of NCAA Football 25 take so long?

Game developers took a hiatus to assure football players of their compensation, Fox Sports reports.

For the first time, this game will cover NIL (name, image, likeness), an NCAA policy change, which allows college athletes to be compensated for their name and appearance in a video game.

This policy allows players to opt in or out of college games. Every player featured in NCAA Football 25 will receive $600 and a copy of the game, an EA Spokesperson told ESPN.

More: What does the term NIL mean and why is it so important to college sports?

Ohio State trio among featured college football players on NCAA Football 25

Excited to play as your favorite quarterback or wide receiver? Thanks to the NIL rules, now you can.

The list of included players includes at least three notable Ohio State stars — Denzel Burke, Caleb Downs and new transfer Quinshon Judkins — as well as 2023 Heisman Trophy finalists Jaden Milroe (Alabama) and Ollie Gordon II (Oklahoma State).

Here’s a list of just a few football stars who will be joining the video game as themselves, according to Fox Sports:

  • Texas QB Quinn Ewers 
  • Colorado WR/CB Travis Hunter
  • Ohio State CB Denzel Burke
  • Ohio State RB Quinshon Judkins
  • Ohio State S Caleb Downs
  • Michigan DB Will Johnson
  • Michigan RB Donovan Edwards
  • Alabama QB Jalen Milroe
  • Alabama DB Malachi Moore
  • Michigan State QB Aidan Chiles
  • USC WR/KR Zachariah Branch
  • Penn State RB Nick Singleton
  • Georgia QB Carson Beck
  • Ole Miss QB Jaxson Dart
  • Oklahoma State RB Ollie Gordon II
  • Penn State WR KeAndre Lambert-Smith 
  • Washington QB Will Rogers 
  • Michigan QB Alex Orji 
  • Florida QB Graham Mertz
  • Missouri QB Brady Cook
  • Clemson QB Cade Klubnik
  • LSU QB Garrett Nussmeyer
  • UCLA QB Ethan Garbers
  • Notre Dame QB Riley Leonard 
  • Illinois QB Luke Altmeyer
  • Maryland QB Billy Edwards Jr.
  • Wisconsin QB Tyler Van Dyke
  • Kansas QB Jalon Daniels
  • Kansas State QB Avery Johnson 
  • Arizona QB Noah Fifita

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Fan reactions to trailer for EA Sports College Football 2025

While the teaser trailer got fans ecstatic back in mid-February (30.4 million views on ‘X,’ formerly known as Twitter), the official trailer debut on May 17 (15.7 million views on ‘X’ in just three days), sent fans into a frenzy.

Here are some of the best reactions from social media for EA Sports College Football 2025:

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