EA has confirmed that 24 out of the 53 teams featured in the Euro 2012 expansion are unlicensed and has issued a statement to try and explain why.
As mentioned in our review, half of the teams are ‘made up,’ however EA has explained in a statement that negotiating terms with 53 separate national football associations was not something it thought possible or worth the effort.
“The national teams in Euro 2012 are a combination of teams officially licensed or covered by our FIFPro license, and generic teams. While we would like to have every national team officially licensed, of the 53 national teams in the game, 29 are licensed. The remaining ones are generic.
“The inclusion of national teams is negotiated between EA and each national football association, which we need to license individually. Licensing teams and leagues is a business decision based on market size and limited resources, and within these parameters, we were not able to negotiate an agreement with every football association to have their national team included within the game.”
In addition to the above, users on the EA forums have also been complaining of screen freezing and a general lack of effort, thanks to there being no new soundtrack, a lack of licenses and sluggish gameplay in this recent expansion. This is something we’d have to agree with to be honest, after all even co-host team Ukraine aren’t properly licensed, which is a bit of a poor show really.
You can see what FIFA fans think of the latest expansion over at the official forums. Our review is here.