Despite a dip in popularity in recent years, Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer seems poised to give FIFA a run for its money this fall. Pro Evo recently secured exclusive rights to two popular Brazilian football clubs, CR Flamengo and SC Corinthians.
According to a report from Mirror, the switch comes after the teams grew dissatisfied with the licensing fees offered by EA Sports and negotiations failed to lead to any headway. Both clubs are perennial competitors in Brazil’s Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, the top division of national soccer in the country.
FIFA recently announced its own exclusive partnership deal with popular European side Real Madrid, though that deal focuses on extra content for players and doesn’t prevent the team from appearing in competitive games.
With both franchises battling to prove themselves superior, will exclusives like this be enough to separate the two, or will FIFA’s brand power continue to hold dominance? We’ll find out this fall.
Pro Evolution Soccer 16 releases September 15th, 2015 on PC, Mac, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Playstation 3, and XBox 360
FIFA 16 releases on September 22nd, 2015 on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Android, and iOS.