FIFA fans were over the moon at the prospect of the Champions League returning to their beloved series, after Konami parted ways with UEFA this year.
But that’s not the only major league EA Sports has their eyes on.
Italian publication Gazzetta della Sport reported that FIFA 19 will also include the full rights to the Serie A and Coppa Italia.
This means that Career mode will finally feature the official trophies, while player faces, stadiums and SBCs could also benefit from the licence.
It’s yet another hammer blow to Konami, who despite having acquired the rights to a number of minor leagues, is still licking its wounds over the loss of the Champions League and Europa League earlier in the year.
And it gets worse for the Japanese publisher.
Borussia Dortmund, one of the few large teams PES has the rights to feature, will not be officially licenced in PES 2019.
Konami said it had an agreement with Dortmund for the club to appear in its games until June 2020, but “this agreement was prematurely terminated by Borussia Dortmund”.
As a result, Dortmund’s logos, players, stadium and other features won’t appear in this year’s game.
“Please be assured that the PES series will continue to provide new ways to enjoy soccer through new partnerships with various clubs and leagues,” Konami said.
“Thank you for your continued support of the series.”
The good news, though, is that Konami has announced a deal with German rival club, FC Schalke 04.