FIFA 21 Juventus? Pc says no. EA’s licensing rights pc, that’s, as a result of essentially the most profitable membership in Italian soccer isn’t in FIFA 21. Konami, publishers of rival recreation PES 2021, signed a cope with Juve in 2019 which provides them unique rights to the Turin giants, and the unbelievable Allianz Stadium, for 3 years. Meaning the earliest you’ll see Juventus in an EA recreation once more is FIFA 23. [The image at the header of this piece is from their last appearance, in FIFA 19.]
It’s not all unhealthy information, nonetheless. Identical to final 12 months, FIFA 21 Juventus do nonetheless exist, just below a distinct identify. Piemonte Calcio is their alternative moniker, as was the case in FIFA 20, they usually have pretend kits and a pretend badge. But all their gamers are actual, with largely correct faces. Utilise them in exhibition or profession mode and you continue to get to take action with lifelike variations of Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, Giorgio Chiellini, Wojciech Szczęsny and co. No Miralem Pjanic any extra although, after the Bosnian joined Barcelona through the summer time.
Final Group playing cards are nonetheless primarily based round real-life performances too. So if Ronaldo baggage a hat-trick for real-life Juve to warrant a Group Of The Week (TOTW) merchandise, it nonetheless seems in-game, once more assigned to Piemonte Calcio.
Whereas the entire above was true final 12 months, it additionally now applies to a different fabled Serie A membership: AS Roma. Konami has additionally bought unique rights to make use of them in PES, that means their new FIFA 21 identify is just Roma FC, they usually too have a redesigned badge and fictional kits. They’ll compete within the generic Stadion Olympik.
“You may nonetheless anticipate to see the identical AS Roma real-world, genuine gamers and associated likenesses in FIFA 21 and Final Group,” says an official EA assertion. “Participant Chemistry inside Final Group might be unaffected by these adjustments. We might wish to thank everybody at AS Roma for the years of collaboration because the crew’s official sports activities video gaming associate.”
EA has produced an FAQ explaining the finer particulars of the Roma transfer, which you’ll be able to learn on its official web site.
FIFA 21 Piemonte Calcio defined
For the document, the identify Piemonte Calcio isn’t as random as it could sound. Juventus are primarily based geographically within the metropolis of Turin, which is within the area of Piedmont, bordering France and Switzerland. And Calcio merely means ‘soccer’ or ‘kick’. Hopefully we don’t want to clarify the that means behind the identify ‘FC Roma’.
All different Serie A golf equipment stay totally licensed, with correct kits and badges.
Exterior of Italy, it’s additionally price noting that Argentine heavyweights River Plate are unlicensed in FIFA 21. As an alternative they’re referred to as Nunez.
Probably the most notable fallout of all of this licensing kerfuffle is the way it’s affected the person standing of Portugal skipper and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo. For a few years he was FIFA’s cowl star, and finest participant, untouchable in Final Group regardless of the brilliance of longstanding rival Lionel Messi. These covers wouldn’t be doable now.
Final 12 months, with Ronaldo assigned to Piemonte Calcio, he discovered himself demoted to the sport’s second finest participant behind Messi, and it’s an association which repeats itself in FIFA 21. (In the event you’re concerned about trying out who else makes the sport’s high 100 gamers, instantly leap over to our FIFA 21 scores information.)
FIFA 21 is launched for PS4, Xbox One and PC on Friday 9 October.