If you have been following, than you know the future of EA Sports soccer is EA Sports FC. The change in franchise branding comes after EA and FIFA split from their partnerships. Previous reports noted the license has gotten on the expensive side. So, conceivably any company looking to pick up the license would likely be a big name. And with Take-Two’s current sports library, logic dictates the company is the most likely to do so.
Take-Two reveals no plans to discuss FIFA partnership
In a recent discussion, IGN asked Take-Two CEO, Strauss Zelnick, if the company had been considering a future with FIFA in an effort to expand its sports lineup. Zelnick had this to say:
“We’re definitely interested in expanding our opportunities in sports, and FIFA has a great brand and incredible clout, but we have no current plans to discuss.”
On the surface, the response is pretty standard. This goes double if the company seeks to keep any strategies they have under wraps. Given Strauss’s praise, it would also seem Take-Two is keen on making sure it is evident its not against discussing a partnership in the future. FIFA also noted it intends to continue releasing games under the FIFA. This comment hints to their being some truth to EA’s claim regarding wanting creative freedom.
Moving towards the future…
As it stands, fans should not expect to see a FIFA 2K anytime soon. In addition to no discussion on the matter, EA will also still be releasing a FIFA 23. 2K also has several titles slated to release this year alone, including a title under the NFL brand.
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