Electronic Arts made the FIFA 12's much anticipated UEFA Euro 2012 DLC pack available for football fans last night, but the launch didn't occur without a backlash. Football fans this morning are asking questions as to why there are only 24 licensed teams in the DLC release, with many international teams unlicensed. The new content that went live on the PSN and Xbox Live Marketplace yesterday wasn't cheap. It was priced £15.99 for the PSN and was selling for 1,800 MS points and was promised to include all 53 UEFA-member national teams with eight of the official stadiums from this summer's Euro 2012 tournament included. Which is all true for the release but what EA decided not to disclose was that so many teams wouldn't have their full license which means fake player names, generic kits, etc. In fact only 24 of the 53 nations promised have fully licensed squads and kits and teams like Wales, Estonia, Macedonia and Slovakia don't have the license and neither do the tournament co-hots Ukraine, in what is a glaring omission. This isn't quite what fans of FIFA have come to expect from the franchise over the years, a series that for so long has prided itself on the fully-licensed "authentic" experience. EA have responded to the criticism over the licensing;
"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."The new DLC pack also comes without a qualifying round for the tournament and problems with the game freezing on update. So it is good news that the DLC pack has meant that gamers haven't had to go out and buy a brand new retail game as in previous years, however the lack of effort in making the pack as good as it can be for its price has left many thinking they have been duped this year.