April 26, 2009 // 11:54 pm
- NCAA Football enthusiasts are already rejoicing- promotional materials tout a "teambuilder" feature in NCAA 10 that signals the return of "Create-a-School," which has yet to appear on any next-gen versions.
Tuesday, the back side of a GameStop placeholder for the game made its way to the forum NCAA Strategies. One of the details listed is the "revolutionary, in-depth create-a-school mode."
Then Thursday, EA Sports confirmed
the existence of "Teambuilder" in its announcement of the four different cover boys for this year's game.
To quote: NCAA Football 10 introduces TeamBuilder, an all-new, online create-a-school feature that will enhance the user's ability to produce personalized content. With the capability to upload logos and numerous customization options for uniforms, fields, rosters, and much more, TeamBuilder gives users the opportunity to design completely original teams with infinite possibilities.
Plus, preloaded logos for several Football Championship Subdivision schools will help users create authentic teams for NCAA Football 10. With its intuitively designed online database that is searchable across several fields, TeamBuilder allows users to share content with ease. A football fan's dream, TeamBuilder will enable users to experience the excitement and pageantry of college football, defined by their own personalized creations.
So, that sounds to me like the entire family of FCS schools, which used to be a feature in previous-gen versions, still isn't in NCAA 10. But if you want to you can create as many as you want - with official logos and colors - and bring them to the bigtime on your own. So if you're sick of opening the season against "FCS Southeast" in your Dynasty Mode, go ahead and create Appalachian State. Or play as Delaware, if you like.
Whatever its capabilities, I don't care if Teambuilder is exactly the same as the previous gen create-a-school, including it will be an improvement and help get the title back to what it was in its prime, where you could pour model-railroader obsession into creating an entire world of college football. Hell yes, this matters to me.
I spent countless hours playing as the University of Denver, against rivals Colorado College and Colorado School of Mines - and all of them wore colors matched to the official RGB values. It was enormously gratifying to raise up some out-of-the-way college to powerhouse level on all-American difficulty. Sounds like this will restore and also streamline that creative process.
Yesterday, when I saw the news about the cover athletes, I missed the Teambuilder announcement and honestly felt like I had no reason to buy this game. But now I do.