Two letters and a number. That's all you need to be a household name in college football—or its video game, at least. But this year, when NCAA Football 14 hits shelves on Tuesday, South Carolina's fearsome DE#7 and Texas A&M's do-it-all QB#2 will be joined, for the first time, by active players appearing under their own names.
That's thanks to the game's new Ultimate Team mode, which like its implementation in Madden, NHL and FIFA, offers a huge pool of stars for gamers to collect and assemble into their best team to take online. Under a group license granted to NCAA Football by the NFL Players Association, current NFL stars will appear in the game under their alma maters' colors. The deal does an end run on the knottiest problem of college sports video games—how to present real players in college uniform without violating their rights or NCAA amateurism bylaws—by going to the professionals.