For the first time in what feels like forever, EA’s FIFA franchise will not have all of the top football teams in the world in the game. Konami ahave signed an exclusive partnership with Italian footballing giants Juventus F.C. giving the rebranded eFootball PES 2020 the sole rights to using the team name, crest and official kits within console football video games.
So what will Juve be called in FIFA 2020? Piemonte Calcio, which literally translates as Piedmont Football, referring to the northwestern region of Italy where Juventus have their home in Turin. Basically, they’re the Italian equivalent of PES’ classic London Reds and Manchester Blues.
Beyond just the team strip and names, they’ll also fill them with all of the team’s stars and have recreated the Allianz Stadium in the game, but don’t have exclusive rights to those. This won’t spare FIFA’s blushes though, because they’ve been slapping Cristiano Ronaldo’s mug on the front of their games for the last few years, even through his transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus last year. Will they move away from CR7 on their cover? We’ll see.
Juventus join a growing collection of licensed teams in PES 2020, though no others are exclusives in this manner. Konami signed up Manchester United to the roster (though lost Liverpool FC at the same time), and announced Bayern Munich as another new team in the game, adding them to a roster that includes the likes of Barcelona, AC and Inter Milan, and with a dozen licensed leagues, including the Scottish Premier League, French Ligue 1 & Ligue 2, and the Dutch Eredivisie. While EA have the FIFA license, Konami have been steadily chipping away at this with piecemeal deals.
What’s quite interesting about this whole situation is that Konami only bought up the console rights. So will FIFA 20 on PC have Juventus or Piemonte Calcio?
If you’re into a bit of PES, eFootball PES 2020 will be getting a demo later this month on 30th July for PS4, Xbox One and PC. With 14 licensed teams in the demo and even multiplayer, it’ll be a great way to check out the game before its full release on 10th September.
Source: press release, Independent