Canadian football video game gets tentative release date

CFL fans pining for a three down video game to call their own can finally circle their calendars.

Although it’s not etched in stone and though it will lack official CFL licensing, Canuck Play’s Canadian Football 2017 is set to be released on June 22nd.

Currently, Canadian Football 2017 is undergoing Microsoft’s certification process (which typically takes anywhere from four to six weeks) but barring major setbacks, will be available for download on the Xbox One platform in just over a month.

As has been well documented on this site in previous posts, despite not being backed by the CFL, Canadian Football 2017 will provide the full three down pigskin experience. While fans won’t be able to play as their favourite CFL team, every CFL city is featured in the game.

In addition to featuring the CFL rulebook (including overtime), the game will also include the waggle, rouges, a 20 second play clock, onside punts, 20 yard end zones, a distinct lack of fair catches and a playbook tailored to the Canadian game.

In a recent interview with Sportsnet, Canuck Play president David Winter reiterated that Canadian Football 2017 is just the first instalment of what he hopes will be an annual release.

Santino Filoso

Santino Filoso

Born and raised in the 613, Santino has written about the Redblacks since 2013. He is the only CFL writer currently living in Brazil (as far as we know.)
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Born and raised in the 613, Santino has written about the Redblacks since 2013. He is the only CFL writer currently living in Brazil (as far as we know.)

22 Comments on Canadian football video game gets tentative release date

  1. Hope there’s a PC version…
    Shame it’s not CFL…. it would have been nice to chose from actual players present and past. Get Matt Dunigan all suited up again to play against….???

    • There will be a PC version released later, and the graphics and roster files within will be open source. So if you wanna cut-and-paste the Tiger-Cats logo over the Stingers logo and edit the roster yourself, you’re well within your rights.

      So Dunigan could conceivably ride again on your PC.

    • brian johnson // May 18, 2017 at 4:05 pm //

      Great PC need for sure. Even my kids gave there xbox

  2. I’ll be buying it. Maybe the new Commish will endorse it.

  3. mrnehnehincognito // May 16, 2017 at 10:42 am //

    I think it’s still pretty cool. Even though it’s not exactly the CFL we all get idea and the representations of the teams.
    The creators clearly understand fairness/seniority and the proper balance of the CFL. This is evident by Calgary getting the Red and Black color scheme and not Ottawa.

    • Respectfully, Stampland, black was historically never more than an accent colour for the Stamps palette. Red, white and gray were always the main colours for Calgary until just recently.

      I have the older version of the game (Maximum Football) where users can create their own uniforms. I’ve made the early-eighties Stamps uniforms the ones for the Staps in my CFL league. Its a way more distinctive uniform and far less “me too” than their current colour scheme.

      • mrnehnehincognito // May 16, 2017 at 11:22 am //

        Agreed Brockleigh, but in the early 90`s Ottawa dropped the RedBlack scheme for for RedGold scheme. Stamps picked up the scheme when they implemented the black third jersey and a few years later fully implemented it into there road uniforms by wearing black pants. Consider also you have had 3 versions of your team since. Calgary owns this now

      • dangnabbit // May 16, 2017 at 12:58 pm //

        Brockleigh, with equal respect, Calgary has fielded the black third jersey for 23 years running (introduced Labour Day ’94). The Stampeders have thus worn black since before most of the latest draft class was even born. You need to really stretch the usage of “historically never” and “until just recently” for your comment to be accurate.

        • I disagree with your position, dangnabbit. Third jerseys are marketing gimmicks to stimulate jersey sales and don’t really reflect the flavour of the team. I don’t and will never consider ‘gunmetal’ to be a colour of the B.C. Lions, nor will I ever associate grey or an all-white uniform with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

          What’s on the standard home and away uniforms are the team colours. Anything else is a jersey version of ‘click-bait’.

          Stampland, I would consider the red-blue-and-gold uniforms an unfortunate misstep in the history of Ottawa football. Much like the Stamps current look. 😉

          • mrnehnehincognito // May 17, 2017 at 2:33 pm //

            lol fair enough
            How about Next Stamp Redblack game winner gets the rights to the colors lol

  4. And in other news . . .

  5. Riders13 // May 16, 2017 at 3:13 pm //

    Actually the Sk Roughriders had the red and black jersey from 1912 to 1947 but who cares? It’s really too bad that the CFL and Canuck Play couldn’t somehow come to some type of licensing agreement. While it may be a great game, it still somehow manages to make the CFL look a bush league. Funny how Madden NFL and other sporting video games manage to get licensing. For some reason, I put the blame for this on the CFL but may be wrong. It would’ve been a great way to get kids interested in the CFL and get to know the game and the stars. Another opportunity missed to promote the league.

    • Riders13, the early console versions of Madden didn’t have NFL or NFLPA licensing, so the teams were just cities, no nicknames, and the players were just numbers, no names, either. It took a few years before EA and the NFL began to develop the cozy relationship they have now.

      Judging by where the CFL went with their “game licensing” with that terrible NFL mobile app from EA last year, they’re continuing to hold out hope that they’ll get a “name” studio to make their game. When that doesn’t happen, they’ll probably come around to Canuck Play next year or the year after. It’ll happen.

  6. mrnehnehincognito // May 16, 2017 at 3:48 pm //

    Even without the CFL monikers cannot this video game be enjoyed for what it is?. I think it will be fun regardless.

  7. Howard Allan // May 16, 2017 at 7:02 pm //

    although not a video game, there was a CFL based board game in the 70s.
    It was called Sports Action Canadian Pro Football. It used the actual team names, the actual players and was endorsed by the CFLPA.

  8. Refreshing to be able to play Canadian rules, but hopefully can be rolled out to other systems. I’m not buying an X-Box just to play. Would be nice to see it on and Android or Apple tablet.

    • Peter, the developer in an interview with Sportsnet said that they would be releasing on XboX, Playstation and PC only. That there simply wasn’t enough demand for a mobile version of the game. The same goes for Mac/iOS.

  9. OilRider // May 16, 2017 at 10:30 pm //

    @Howard Allen
    Was that the one that came with a VHS tape that you were supposed to watch the plays on? Cuz I owned that one.
    You’d pick a play and roll the dice and that would determine how many yards you got. The one I owned also had the Montreal Concordes as one of the teams.

    But seriously​. The CFL needs to get on board. Either license this (or next year’s version) or get something else going for a video game.

  10. Billinburlington // May 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm //

    My guess is that the CFL is risk adverse – that is, the League wants to see the quality of a final product on sale, and monitor the response of purchasers before seriously committing to any endorsement.

    If this game takes off as a big success – then the league might consider endorsement. If it flops miserably the league would have avoided embarrassment and criticism.

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