Football club AS Roma has agreed a partnership with Konami that will see the team be exclusive to eFootball PES 2021 Season update, and perhaps in future entries as this is a multi-year deal. The deal gives Konami exclusivity to use the AS Roma name, club crest, and kits. eFootball PES 2021 will also feature the club’s stadium Stadio Olimpico. This means the team will not have an official presence in FIFA 21, but will likely get a generic name instead. This is not the first team that Konami managed to gain full exclusivity for. Last year, Juventus signed an exclusivity deal with Konami. That meant Juventus was renamed Piedmont Calcio and that name will stick in FIFA 21 as Juventus will remain exclusive to PES.
In a statement, AS Roma said:
The AS Roma team name, crest and official kits will be fully exclusive to the eFootball PES series, making eFootball PES 2021 Season Update (PES 2021) the only console football video game to feature the Italian heavyweights when it launches on September 15th.
The long-time home of AS Roma, Stadio Olimpico, will also be included in PES 2021, having been passionately recreated in-game by Konami’s talented artists and designers.
Authenticity is central to the franchise and so the company strives to deliver an experience that will make the Giallorossi proud.
Konami and AS Roma intend to take full advantage of their new partnership, promoting Roman football to a global audience through a variety of initiatives, including future involvement in esports projects.
So, if you wanted play as AS Roma in FIFA 21 you will have to make do with generic club representation instead. A few days ago Konami confirmed the cover stars of eFootball PES 2021 Season Update, with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford, Alphonso Davies gracing the box. They might need to change it a bit though since Lionel Messi is likely to be leaving Barcelona soon. eFootball PES 2021 Season update will be released on September 15th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. There will be no next gen version this year.
Source: AS Roma