With less than two months until it’s release, the NCAA football staff is beginning to paint a fuller picture of this year’s title. Earlier this week Russ Kiniry, designer for the NCAA franchise, released the first of three articles relating to improvements made to this year’s dynasty mode which focused primarily on the changes made to the “phone call” system used in recruiting.
In many ways, the basis of recruiting seems to have stayed the same. Each weeks users will have a total of ten hours that they can use to try to persuade recruits to their school. During phone calls, users will also retain the fourteen familiar pitches such as school tradition, coach presteige, academic, etc. However, unlike previous year’s, each pitch will take a standard ten minutes off of the total recruiting time, with a maximum of one hour per player. However, instead of just selling your strengths or spending time to find out how important each pitch is to potential recruits, there are a variety of other options in this year’s title including “compare pitch” and “make promise”. With “compare pitch” users are allowed to highlight differences between your school and a recruits other suitors. Also, making promises to a recruit is not only held for the offseason recruiting period and can now be done in season.
While a lot of these features should make phone calls a bit more exciting during this year’s version, one of the most significant differences is tied to the points system in recruiting. While it has not been discussed in detail, the screenshots seem to indicate that users will have a better idea of where they stand thanks in large part to the use of points in recruiting. From week to week you will be able to see how much you have lost or gained with a potential recruit as well as where other schools stand. This will not only make phone calls more interesting but also recruiting as a whole.
Despite a somewhat small change, the restructuring of the phone call system is a much welcomed addition to the NCAA franchise and will offer a breathe of fresh air to recruiting. It will also be interesting to see which features are highlighted in the two upcoming blogs. It would be especially nice to see something regarding a coaching carousel type of system, dynamic rivalries or some of the other area for improvement I highlighted after last year’s release. In conjunction with E3 next month, anticipation for NCAA 11 is finally beginning to ramp up. Make sure to keep checking back or subscribe for further updates.
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