It certainly looks that way…
According to an earlier tweet from Konami, the deal does give them exclusive rights to the stadium.
Konami announced today that they have signed a 3 year official partnership with FC Barcelona, giving them exclusive rights to the club, including the world famous Camp Nou stadium. The official statement from Konami makes no mention of exclusivity for the ground, but certain sites like Gamesradar, are reporting that this is the case.
Losing such a marquee stadium would be a bit of a blow for EA, it’s been a mainstay for many years, and the move also includes historic Barca Kits and former Legends for myclub, shorting EA’s picks for additions to Legends in FUT for FIFA 17 too. Plus, with this deal being for 3 years, if it does give Konami Stadium exclusivity then we wouldn’t see the return of the Camp Nou until FIFA 20 at the earliest.
Konami president Tomotada Tashiro said that this partnership was a real statement of intent. “By working closely with a team of Barcelona’s stature we can introduce the PES series to a huge global fan base. This partnership will deliver access to the very best players in the modern game and to one of the world’s most respected and ambitious clubs. The PES series is famed for its realism and control, so the fit between such a skilled team and a game that celebrates such ability is perfect.”
Here’s how the stadium will look in PES 2017.