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EA to axe 19 leagues for “exclusive” 360 version of FIFA 07

In what is, quite frankly, one of the worst moves EA could ever have thought of, they have decided to remove 19 leagues for the 360 version of FIFA 07, yet include the full 25 for the Xbox and PS2 versions. Even the DS gets 22 leagues.

This news comes after EA stuffed up with a patch for LotR:BFME II. After all the clapping, thumbs up and “wow, what a great scoop” that Microsoft received for making football games exclusive on the next gen for the next year (meaning no other next gen console would have football on), this has got to be something they hadn’t seen coming. Why the most powerful home console machine in the world can’t run 25 leagues, or even 22, when the other three can is quite simply beyond me. I understand that graphics take up a sizeable amount of room, but when you have approximately 8GB of space to work with, I find this news staggering.


He knows it, we know it, so why don’t EA know they have really messed up this time?

But wait, my football friends, put down your knives and get out your swords, because there is more. The PS2 and Xbox versions receive 47 stadiums, whereas the 360 gets 21. Again, why oh why can they not include the same amount as the PS2 and Xbox versions. I wouldn’t mind if the PS2 and Xbox versions had less than 21. But no, good old EA, they really went to town with this one.

So, where the hell are these other stadiums? Well, I am guessing, but I wonder if they decide to release it as DLC, making you pay for what the current-gen versions already have? I personally wouldn’t put this past them, and is the only reason I can think of as to why they haven’t been included in the first place.

FIFA 07
Screenshot from FIFA.EA.com’s leagues overview.

Now some of you have read the list and are saying “theres 7 leagues, idiot”. Well, technically your right. However, that seventh league includes one team. The league is Serie B, the team is Juventus. So they will play against no-one for the first season then get promoted? Absolutely absurd. The reason for this is presumably EA had already paid Juventus before the scandal (which saw Juventus relegated to Serie B and start the season with a 15 point deficit after it was found that the Juventus chairman had been bribing referees), and so have to include them. Once again, the PS2, Xbox and DS all get full Serie B. Hence why I didn’t include this “league” in my calculations.


A major blow to the support of football on the 360

Thank goodness for Pro Evo is all I can say. It seems EA just don’t care about us 360 football fans, and assume we will buy any crap they throw at us, finished or not. I urge all of you simply not to buy it (even you Verbalkint27!), because only then will EA take any note of their customers.

Unfortunately I could not find an email address on the site, because I would love to have a chat with the idiot that thought of this. Don’t fear though, I will continue to look and if I find anything, I will be sure to let you all know.

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No ‘eredivisie’ sure is going to help sales in the Netherlands.

Disgusting

Comment by Nekro on 2006-09-19 17:06:33 | Reply

Biggest Pile of Bullshit ever. EA I guess have a reputation to maintain.

Comment by J1980 on 2006-09-19 17:07:41 | Reply

hey anyone reading this should just not buy the 360 version to make a point, if you own another console it seems more beneficial to get a DS one. Its the same as Tigerwoods 06, the xbox360 version had the least courses and absolute crap throughout. They just as well bring back ‘James Pond’

Comment by kineticonline on 2006-09-19 17:19:26 | Reply

EA have basically handed Pro Evo the title for best football game for the 07 season. Doubtless they’ll still sell plenty of copies but the EA sports franchise in for football is being slaughtered for the 360.
First we had RTWC, which was way to short, then a few months later the release the second half of the game when you can eventually play in the world cup. Now when they finally have a chance to get their status back for making a decent football game they mess it up again.

EA get your act in order and give us a decent next gen version of FIFA

Comment by vandenbond on 2006-09-19 17:33:07 | Reply

wow, that just made my decision easy..I only wanted that game for Heerenveen. EA is dumb.

Comment by The DarkFire on 2006-09-19 17:45:51 | Reply

EA really humped the bunk here. Cheap ass bastards. They just want to save money and production time in using old models from World Cup so they just include the popular teams and scrape the rest. Lazy moneygrabbers! I’ve been a long time fan of the FIFA series so this is a real dissapointment. Maybe I’ll just buy the Xbox version, hope it’s backwards compatible…

Comment by no to EA on 2006-09-19 17:49:31 | Reply

Most likely will the removed divisions be available as a download on the marketplace. Of course you will have to pay for it. So EA has started what we all feared: selling half a game and the other half as a paid download.
EA sucks.

Comment by Dirty Duck on 2006-09-19 17:58:37 | Reply

Thats not the case at all to be honest

Comment by Chris R on 2006-09-19 17:50:33 | Reply

It’s good news. It makes my decision much quicker.

note to EA: Shove IT.

Comment by Dirty Duck on 2006-09-19 17:51:12 | Reply

My mate works for EA in Switerzland after they moved them from the UK office and he has just sent me an intresting email after i questiones him on the above statement!!!

A little snippet of what he said

“You either have the same old FIFA or you have a new one that’s better
that doesn’t include stadiums that nobody is going to miss etc.”

Which to me is a fair point, but i personally think they know they cant beat pes for gameplay.

Yeah I’m sure all the Dutch FIFA fans won’t miss the ‘eredivisie’/Ajax/Feyenoord/PSV anyway….

Please mail your EA mate that they should stop screwing over their fans.

Comment by Dirty Duck on 2006-09-19 18:56:06 | Reply

dont worry i have asked why so many leagues have been cut from the game and im waiting for a response.

To be honest it maybe because they see it as a mediocre league and the time and money it would cost to by the league rights just isnt worth it in the long run.

I dont know but am trying to find out more so will post as soon as i find out.

Comment by Number13 on 2006-09-19 22:46:27 | Reply

But they already have the league rights or they wouldn’t be able to release versions with those leagues, surely?

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-09-20 14:21:57 | Reply

While your at it why don’t you ask why Battlefield does not have proper voice support.

Why Tiger woods was cut to fuck from the Xbox to 360 port.

Why everyone is starting to get the feeling everything they do for the 360 is half arsed?

Have they finally adopted the Sony mentality of “fuck it, give them shit and they will buy it anyways, beacuse it has our well respected name on it”?

Comment by Joel on 2006-09-19 18:06:56 | Reply

Does anyone think they have a agreement with the PS3 at all?

I just have this feeling that were going to see fully loaded version of FIFA and MADDEN on the PS3 when its realesed

Comment by Dirty Duck on 2006-09-19 18:57:50 | Reply

Nope

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-10-17 17:38:14 | Reply

You ain’t even going to see FIFA 07 on the PS3 at all.

Comment by fjompa on 2006-09-19 18:40:58 | Reply

FUCK OFF EA

Comment by Dasboot71 on 2006-09-19 19:07:42 | Reply

WHO CARES? EA Sports haven’t made a full featured game since the 16 bit era.
Pro Evolution Soccer was always the way to go.

Looking at the list, it seems almost ludicrous that some of these leagues are missing. NO Scottish leagues at all. EA have really dropped the ball here, and if they are using it to make more money by selling the extra leagues on the marketplace then this is truly a very poor marketing move and will lose them fans. So much for hte exclusive xbox 360 has next gen sewn up this year

Comment by StevealbiniCSC on 2006-09-19 19:20:15 | Reply

Does anyone who ashley enjoys fitba play FIFA? ? ? Its most unsexual.
PES all the way!

Comment by Bob on 2006-09-19 19:26:26 | Reply

pes ftw ,ea always find a great way to shoot themselves don’t they, lol

Comment by kissmygritz on 2006-09-19 19:37:16 | Reply

I don’t care about soccer games, but EA is an f’in joke these days. I liked them better when they were just Electronic Arts. Kinda like Terrell Owens, he was cool until he became “T.O.”

Comment by Hodge on 2006-09-19 20:03:32 | Reply

If you stopped and thought for just a moment, maybe you’d realise that building anything on 360 or PS3 is a lot more time consuming and thus expensive. So if you want next-gen quality you have to accept less quantity for now. Or be prepared to pay more.

Anyway, how many teams do you ever use on the current gen versions?

Comment by narsil on 2006-09-19 20:08:32 | Reply

5-10 but still nice to have them all so its more varied and u dont constantly play against the exact same team all the time

If you stopped and thought for just a moment, maybe you’d realise that building anything on 360 or PS3 is a lot more time consuming and thus expensive. So if you want next-gen quality you have to accept less quantity for now. Or be prepared to pay more.

EA is screwing over their fans by being too cheap to create proper assets for the stuff they already have in their last-gen games. If I was a soccer fan I wouldn’t put up with this…

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-09-20 14:23:48 | Reply

Oh yeah cos, Oblivion, such a nice looking game but really short?!?!?!

Or Test drive can’t get over how small that game is?!?!?!

EA speaking shite to try and cover up the fact they are money grabbing cunts that do everything hald arsed to make a quick buck.

Comment by narsil on 2006-09-19 20:06:49 | Reply

i was thinking of buying the game but after having read this, EA just convinced me not to buy it lol. i pity them … *shakes his head in dismay*

Comment by aft on 2006-09-19 20:09:34 | Reply

I see this article sure brought out the EA bashing folks!

Comment by newmodel on 2006-09-19 20:21:48 | Reply

I can’t believe people still buy EA games. Try burning your money instead. Its much more enjoyable, and it doesn’t contribute to a corrupt, inflated, peice of shit company like EA.

Comment by Sean on 2006-09-19 20:22:47 | Reply

Pro Evo never had a LOT of leagues either, lets not forget.

Yeah but PES had gameplay. So many people buy FIFA for all the official stuff, because “it looks better”. PES will surely have way more now as well.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-09-20 19:09:34 | Reply

Also PES never pretended to be the daddy of official football games with all the official leagues and players, unlike EA “unless you happen to spend money on the best console out on the market because we can’t be bothered to make the game from the ground up and would far rather just port it over with enhanced graphics but missing half the gameplay” Sports.

Comment by SidearmS on 2006-09-19 23:30:46 | Reply

I look forward to PES. I have 2006 World Cup for 360 (the second one), and I like it. Hopefully, PES will make like it more.

YOU WOULD THINK THAT ONE OF THE RICHEST GAME DEVELOPERS IN THE WORLD COULD THROW A FEW EXTRA BONES OVER TO THE 360 SIDE AND MAKE A KICKASS SOCCER, I MEAN FOOTBALL GAME WITH ALL THE FIXINGS!!!!I THINK EA NEEDS A GOOD HEADBUTT OR KICK IN THE ASS $$$$

Comment by braveinca on 2006-09-20 12:52:23 | Reply

EA ARE THE ASHLEY COLE OF THE GAMES WORLD….. GREEDY BASTARDS

Comment by Ves on 2006-09-20 15:36:35 | Reply

What is with the caps?

Great more EA!!! Now I can convert more non believers to the church of PES

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-09-20 17:21:44 | Reply

I was already converted when I realised they were going to release three games that were essentially the same in the one year in a money making scam.

Dirty bastards.

PES!!! Woooo, FIFA can suck monkey spunk!

Comment by wtf? o_O on 2006-09-20 18:33:51 | Reply

You do all know Fifa 07 on the Xbox 360 is a completely different game to the PS2/Xbox/PC/GC version which is just an evolution of the Fifa 06 engine? The reason for less teams is because the game is completely different, and they have had to start from scratch. They’ve put the main leagues in (as a Huddersfield Town fan I’m gutted League One isn’t in) but as a game, Fifa 07 will play better on the 360 than it will on any other format, and as for Pro Evo 6, so you bitch when someone makes a next gen football game but has to take some features from past gen out, but have no problem handling over tha same amount for a PS2 game that has had a very cheap port across then had the online play butchered? You do know the PS2 Pro Evo 6 supports more players online than the Xbox 360 ver right? Get over yourselves.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-09-20 19:12:27 | Reply

Your point?

Don’t think the conversation was a Sony vs MS thread but a EA are money grabbing bastards thread, if you disagree you either work for EA are on the wind up or are just a blind fool, which is it?

Comment by andyboy80 on 2006-09-21 00:30:40 | Reply

seriously people, ea have had to build this new fifa from the ground up with minimal code reuse. This is quite a feat and I for one would rather sacrifice a fair amount of smaller leagues in order to provide the improvment in gameplay that fifa so badly needs (in comparison to pro evo). And Rossko, the lack of teams & stadiums is not a reflection of the power of the 360 but of the time constraints of building entirely new HD models for each kit and stadium.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-09-21 12:21:42 | Reply

Oh like EA don’t have the money or time to do it? This is their third fucking attempt in one year, and you can actually defend that?!?!

Well I am Scottish and I will not be buying this half arsed title.

Comment by pleve on 2006-09-22 22:45:56 | Reply

It’s a good thing I still have my GC.

EA - Fuck You! for trying to make me pay more for less!

Comment by TAM on 2006-09-23 00:45:05 | Reply

I think it’s funny that anyone would try to spin this into anything other than EA being lazy yet again. Disc space concerns? Please. It’s just another instance of EA not getting the job done, and releasing the game anyway.

The PS3 will get the same half-assed job from EA, don’t worry. Until the ‘next-gen’ becomes the primary development platform, we’ll keep seeing EA games that have more courses/players/teams/features on the last-gen hardware. It saves them development time on the next-gen, they can bill the added stuff in the subsequent versions as “new” content, and the extra stuff gives last-gen versions a reason to be bought.

It’s lame, but it’s EA - get used to it.

Comment by Crow on 2006-10-06 22:08:38 | Reply

typical fuckin microsoft

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-10-17 17:43:50 | Reply

Eh? And this has what to do with MS?

Comment by Dr Kraut on 2006-10-17 16:12:28 | Reply

It doesnt matter cause fifa is crap and so is the 360. Come on pro evo 6!!! and the ps3!

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-10-17 17:43:27 | Reply

You are a fucking fool then ain’t you, because you won’t be getting either PES or FIFA on the PS3 until at least November 2007, you tit.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-10-17 17:44:54 | Reply

Oh and if you are in the UK you won’t even be getting the PS3 until March 2007.

Arse.

Comment by Dr Kraut on 2006-10-23 13:24:27 | Reply

jesus your smart and like i didnt know that.
rather play pes on the ps2 and wait rather than play the xbox

Comment by Kemixtry on 2006-10-26 11:56:09 | Reply

The 360 may have next-gen exclusive on FIFA 07 and PES 6 but wording can be deliberate. There can be a FIFA PS3 or PES PS3 without breaking the exclusive deals you know.

Oh and Seabass from Konami stated that he wasnt happy with M$ for saying that PES 6 is a 360 exclusive because it isnt quite, he indicated a PS3 game is not far behind but we’ll see.

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