It looks as though FIFA may finally have full reign over the football genre as rival Pro Evolution Soccer has announced the loss of its one and only official licence.
Over the last few years, FiFA’s main (only) competitor has won the race when it comes to realism. But it has always fallen short when it comes to the available leagues and teams. Its simulation prowess has carried it thus far along with the Champions League licence. However, that is all set to change.
The ten year relationship between Konami and UEFA is coming to an end, with an official statement on their website scheduling the separation for this year’s Champions League final. This will inevitably strip the franchise of that all important selling point and leave it wounded in its fight for a share of the market.
The post is far from mournful despite its obvious repercussions, with Konami’s senior director of brand and business development, Jonas Lygaard, saying, “This year we will shift our focus into other areas.
“We will continue to explore alternative ways UEFA and Konami can continue to work together, as our relationship remains strong.”
UEFA also hinted of future projects, though it is questionable why they’d split only to work together again on something different when it has apparently been a mutually beneficial relationship. “It has been a very cooperative and mutually beneficial partnership,” they said.
“UEFA would like to thank Konami for its tremendous commitment and support to UEFA club competitions for the last decade and we look forward to continuing to work with Konami in the sphere of UEFA national team football.”
We eagerly await the news that the Champions League will now feature in FIFA’s namesake game. EA must be rubbing their hands together in glee.
Do you think it’s the one thing FIFA has been missing? Or are you a supporter of Pro Evolution Soccer, and if so, will this deter your purchase? Kick a comment into the box below.