In a statement posted on the EA Sports news site, EA have announced that Brazilian domestic leagues, teams and players will not be included in FIFA 15, despite having featured in FIFA 14 and before. Unfortunately for fans of those teams, talks with the rights holders broke down, and EA were forced to cut the Brazilian leagues from the roster.
However, while players in domestic Brazilian teams are to be excluded, those that have sought fame and glory outside of their home country are subject to the license agreements of whatever league they have come to play in. With some of the most famous Brazilian players spread across a number of European teams, and presumably a different license required for international teams, it means that the Brazilian National Team is still included in the game.
Writing on their news site site, EA said:
Today, we want to inform you that due to some changes in the ways players are licensed in Brazil domestic leagues, we were unable to reach an agreement with the Brazilian rights holders for their inclusion in FIFA 15. While this is unfortunate news for many of our fans, we were able to retain the Brazil National Team in FIFA 15 as well as the Brazilian stars that play in other top leagues around the world. Thanks for your understanding as we continue to keep the lines of communication open with the Brazilian rights holders.
While discussions have broken down ahead of FIFA 15’s release, you can expect them to try and secure the relevant contracts in time for FIFA 16. However, it’s not all bad news, as EA then teased, “We have some amazing news coming about leagues and licenses as we approach Gamescom on August 13, so stay tuned for much more.”
So, I guess we’ll have more news in a couple of weeks.