It seems the old football rivals are at it again. Of course, we’re talking about the derby between eFootball PES 2020 and FIFA 20.
This latest instalment of the classic video game rivalry sees the marquee signings of two massive football clubs in exclusive multi-year deals. In the PES 2020 corner will be Juventus FC of Serie A fame, and going the other way for FIFA 20 will be the six-time Champions League winners Liverpool FC.
For PES 2020, it means Konami has exclusive rights to use the Juventus’ badge and kit. The Old Lady will join the likes of FC Barcelona, Manchester United, and AC Milan as among the biggest clubs to officially grace the game, but is the first among these to be fully exclusive to the Pro Evolution Soccer franchise.
This means that Juventus will no longer be named as such in the upcoming FIFA 20, and instead will be renamed to Piemonte Calcio, and will be the first team in FIFA games of recent years to be officially unofficial.
Piemonte Calcio will use a custom badge and kit for FIFA 20. This, however, won’t affect the official names of the players, as well as their Chemistry Ratings on Ultimate Team. So you will still have Cristiano Ronaldo to terrorise defences with in online play.
Conversely, newly crowned Champions League winners Liverpool has signed an exclusive contract to be with EA Sports “over the next few years” in a long-term deal. Perhaps CEO Peter Moore had something to do with it after so many years with EA.
This means they will most likely be assuming the “Merseyside Red” unlicensed club name and kit in PES 2020 once more. Or worse… Europort.
Another twist in the tale is that Liverpool’s direct Premier League rivals Manchester United have signed a deal with Konami, meaning that they will be bumped up from Man Red to the official club name and kit, as well as the player likenesses. It is likely that the club was snapped up as a replacement for the outgoing European champions.
However, unlike Juventus’ exclusive deal, the Red Devils will still be officially licensed in FIFA 20.
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.