Fans of Brazilian clubs won’t be able to play their favorite team in FIFA 15, which comes out in a few weeks.
In a blog update, EA Sports said that owing to “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.”
Fortunately, EA is able to feature the Brazil National Team because plenty of Brazilian stars “play in other top leagues around the world.”
EA doesn’t say what might become of Brazilian players in the current national squad who play for Brazilian clubs, but it should be given that they won’t be featured because of the rights issue.
Fortunately, there are only three players in the national side who play for Brazilian clubs, namely, Jo (Atletico Mineiro), Jefferson (Botafogo) and Victor (Atletico Mineiro). Judging by Jo’s performances, or lack thereof, at World Cup 2014, his in-game ratings might drop, and FIFA 15 fans might not wish to include him in their starting eleven if they have the choice anyway. Jefferson and Victor were unused substitutes.
Still, EA is keeping “lines of communication open with Brazilian rights holders,” so there still might be a chance that Brazilian clubs do feature.
FIFA 15 is slated for a September 23 release in North America and September 26 in Europe for the PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Nintendo Wii, and Nintendo 3DS.
Lionel Messi will feature on the international cover, while Clint Dempsey will be featured along with Messi in the North American version.
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