Konami has announced its plans for the eFootball PES series in the next gen but admits this year’s new game will only be a season update.
In a couple of months this year’s new football games will be out, with FIFA 21 set to re-establish EA’s dominance, thanks to its control of almost all the major real-world football licenses.
Despite usually being the better game, PES has struggled to compete simply because it can’t use the official kits and proper players’ names.
That problem’s not going to go away next gen but to try and compensate Konami has announced a revamp of the series, featuring Unreal Engine-powered graphics.
Konami are promising more realistic player models and animations, photorealistic visuals, and enhanced physics. Although for now all you get to see is a next gen version of Messi’s face.
They’re also promising ‘large’ updates for the myClub and Master League modes but have admitted that this year’s new current gen game will only be a ‘season update’, so that they can spend more time on the next gen game.
That’s probably a better idea than it sounds, as many sports games have struggled with both a yearly schedule and taking full advantage of a new generation of consoles.
PES itself had exactly that problem at the beginning of the Xbox 360 era and more recently WWE failed to ever get into its stride this generation, and has essentially taken this year off in order to get read for the next gen.
From that perspective the current plans for PES make a lot of sense, although it’s unfortunate that this year is the 25th anniversary of the series.
However, Konami are using that as an excuse to sell this year’s game at an ‘affordable anniversary price’ with ‘several bonuses’.
The next gen game will begin testing sometime next year and will release in the autumn of 2021, hopefully benefiting from the extra time in development.
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