EA Sports are currently treating licenses like Pokemon, they’re trying to catch them all. The FIFA franchise has dominated the football video game market for years but that hasn’t stopped them from pushing for improvements.
It’s been confirmed that FIFA 19 has secured the official license to Serie A, the premier Italian division which Cristiano Ronaldo will call home for the new season after joining Juventus.
While the Italian teams and kits were already in the game, the league was known as Calcio A on FIFA 17 and 18. Now with the official license, Serie A fans will be treated to extra bonuses – especially in Career Mode.
EA Sports have secured the Serie A licensing rights just in time for FIFA 19’s upcoming release
The timely news coincides with cover star Cristiano Ronaldo completing his move to Juventus
The deal means that things such as the official logo, sleeve badge on players’ kits, the official match-day ball and the Coppa di Campione d’Italia trophy will all appear in the game. EA usually like to include official broadcast graphics too for their pre-match presentations but nothing has been confirmed yet.
General Manager of EA Italy, Maurizio Finocchiaro says this season is the perfect time for the license to return: ‘We’re excited to announce the return of Serie A TIM in FIFA 19, especially for the high potential of the next season for Italian football. This is a crucial step for Electronic Arts to ensure to all fans, both Italian and international ones, the highest level of authenticity for their game experience.’
The news follows on from the recent announced of FIFA 19’s extraordinary deal with La Liga which adds 16 new stadiums and over 200 player faces into the game. With these recent changes, every La Liga team apart from Barcelona will have their stadium in the game.
But neither of these license deals are even FIFA 19’s biggest acquisition. After Konami and PES’s agreement with UEFA expired, EA were able to secure the lucrative rights to the Champions League and Europa League.
The prestigious competitions will make appearances in every FIFA 19 game mode with official competitions in Career Mode, special new cards in Ultimate Team and even in the new and improved Kick Off mode.