FIFA 15 Strives for Realism, But Rights Issues Result in Missing Brazilian Teams

EA Sports' new soccer game will not feature domestic teams from one of the sport's biggest countries.

With FIFA 15, EA Sports continues to strive for realism, what with its shirt-pulling and heaving chests. But something it won't be able to create a realistic virtual representation of are the domestic Brazilian soccer leagues.

In a post on the EA Sports blog, the developer announced it would not be including Brazil's domestic leagues and their players in its latest game. This is said to be the result of "some changes in the ways players are licensed," which the company did not detail. It did leave the door open for these leagues and players to return in the future, stating, "[W]e continue to keep the lines of communication open with the Brazilian rights holders."

Even if future negotiations go nowhere, it doesn't mean fans of Brazilian soccer players are completely out of luck. EA Sports has retained the rights for the Brazil National Team (the company scored only six goals on the team in the process) and Brazilian players who play in other leagues around the world. This means you'll still have the opportunity to play as Neymar and company in FIFA 15.

FIFA 15 is scheduled for release on September 23 in North America and September 26 in Europe. Argentina's Lionel Messi is the worldwide cover star, while the North American version also features Clint Dempsey. In recent weeks, EA Sports has been showing the myriad ways in which FIFA 15 is its most realistic soccer game yet, thanks to features like visible breathing and player-specific movement.

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44 comments
javalino
javalino

even gamespot is mocking  BRA71L !!!! i love to be a brazilian , and a soccer hater !!!

chechak7
chechak7

 "Brazilian soccer players are completely out of luck" 7-1

Cpt_Cosmonaut
Cpt_Cosmonaut

HOW ABOUT ACTUALLY HAVING NATIONAL TEAMS THAT made it to the World CUP and are ranked high???! FIFA FIFA, the stuff you fix every year NO ONE cares about. GIVE THE PEOPLE what they Want! Read the Petitions!!!

Zarkhaine
Zarkhaine

That's a shame. I wonder what will happen to all the players in that league. Some great young players over there that I always buy in my manager mode, lol

metallinatus
metallinatus

So, in other words, they are keeping in the the crappy national team and are keeping out the domestic teams where the good players are?

Not that I care about football anyway....

HesamB
HesamB

After that amazing play against Argentina they should really add IRAN. i dont care what sanctions say .

Merseyak
Merseyak

this copyright crap is getting way out of hand its on everything now 

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

poor EA, their plan to dominate the monopoly of having all the rights for using the leagues has fallen to 95%.


just feel sorry for them and help them by buying their crappy game. (sarcasm).


Im so getting PES 2015

bigruss51
bigruss51

give me back nhl2k and nfl2k

bigruss51
bigruss51

Don't care about the Brazilian league but this licensing stuff is just bs

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

So i wonder what else are they going to put in as a replacement. Some other EU league or what would be even better is to include more international teams> FIFA should always have top 100 international teams in it.

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Maybe the Brazilians didn't want to get trounced again? :-p

jcv1811
jcv1811

Colombia should've progressed... not Brazil


era gol de yepes

phbz
phbz

To be honest, no one outside Brazil cares about the Brazilian leagues. 

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

Poor little EA... They can't have every monopoly they want. I feel so bad for them. /sarcasm

berserker66666
berserker66666

Probably for the best. After that 7 goal humiliation, Brazil shouldn't even get near football till they get their s.hit straight.

MigGui
MigGui

that's because one lawyer found a loophole in the laws, claiming that a club cannot sell a player's image rights, only the player himself or a syndicate can. since there is no syndicate, EA would have to negotiate with each player, but they decided to drop the league instead. btw, the lawyer lost all lawsuits yet, but EA gave up either way.

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

Missing Brazilian Team in FIFA 15, that's ok, they missed the World Cup too, nowhere to be seem during the semifinal against Germany.

MrFreehuggs
MrFreehuggs

Does anyone else remember when 2K Sports started charging only $20 for their superior sports games? Or am I remembering this wrong? It sucks that EA was able to take them down to just basketball (which is light-years ahead of Live)

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

Stop wasting money on licensing and just go open source and allow customization/modding community to take over. They do a way better job (100 times better) of it anyway and mods always keeps the game fresh, relevant and alive. Just throwing money away at useless licensing and other monopolistic practices. Enough already.

Get with the times EA !!

vallerian_ray
vallerian_ray

@eze_sl89 pes15 so promising seems , i only played fifa cause pes14 sucked , and it's really boring specially ball control . fifa just trying to make the game realistic and forget about gameplay . 

dingdongding
dingdongding

@MrFreehuggs  Oh yeah . I remember for about four or five years 2K NHL games crushed EA . Hell 2K decade older game has better stat tracking the EA NHL does now .

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

@MrFreehuggs  Yup. NFL2K5 was $20, and it was far superior. It was the following year that EA scooped up the exclusive licensing deal for Madden. 

In return 2K Sports snagged the MLB license, and thereby knocked out MVP baseball which was a far superior baseball game.

Licensing is a loophole around a mediocre and inferior product. In the end, the consumers lose.

I hope exclusivity dies. Support OPEN platforms. Support PC.

brockelley
brockelley

@GSGuy321 We'd end up with 20 different mods for one player, and 80% of the players would just look generic.

Pewbert
Pewbert

@GSGuy321  But that would mean they couldn't bring out their yearly update at full price! ;)

Can't give power to the users.

Pewbert
Pewbert

@rotchild @GSGuy321  Of course they could. But EA wouldn't allow that because they have to bring out their yearly version at full price.

rotchild
rotchild

@brockelley @rotchild @GSGuy321 Sorry mate, you obviously have no idea how mods work/pace nowadays. In part you're right, more "popular" players (like C. Ronaldo, Messi) end up with tons of face mods. But in a big mod community, like PES 6 or PES 2013, there are tons of mods, not only for lots of "unknown" players, but stadiums, balls, kits, and on and on.

brockelley
brockelley

@rotchild @brockelley @GSGuy321 I don't know how the mods are made, no.. but that doesn't mean I haven't played soccer games with mods..

There are tons of stadiums, balls, kits, grass textures.. it's pretty hard to find actual player overhauls..good one's at least.


I'd seriously be interested if you could find me one for FIFA 14 besides the basic overhaul.

rotchild
rotchild

@brockelley @rotchild @GSGuy321 Well, it doesn't have much besides the basic overhaul just because of what @GSGuy321 said... it doesn't allow such customization. If you look into PES 2013 (as I mentioned), just as an example, you'll see that it's way more "editable" (more thanks to the effort of dedicated modders, than to the game being "open sourced" as such). To a point that a group of modders created a custom texture that allows players to wear two different sleeves of tattoos, and not the same texture for both arms. Not that I care about, but you asked for an example of player overhaul, so there it is :)