There will be a Pro Evolution Soccer game this year, but Konami has admitted that it’ll be a “pared back” season update while it focuses its efforts on next year’s PES 2022 for the PlayStation 5. According to a website update, Konami is scrapping the Fox Engine and switching to Unreal Engine as it aims to “truly embody our core concept of ‘The Pitch Is Ours’”.
The statement continues: “Expect more realistic player models and animations, enhanced physics, photorealistic visuals, and much, much more. We recognise that many of you are enthusiastic for new myClub and Master League content, and we are also excited to share that large updates are in the works for both of these modes.”
Awkwardly, this year also marks the 25th anniversary of the PES franchise, and so it’s still planning to put something out to celebrate. PES 2021 will apparently “commemorate this important milestone” by launching “at an affordable anniversary price […] with several bonuses”. Sounds like this is going to be a cheap as chips alternative to FIFA 21.
With regards to next-gen PES, it’ll launch in 2021 on the PS5, and there’s a teaser trailer embedded above. We're guessing Konami’s doing away with that awful “eFootball” rebrand, as there’s no mention of that moniker anywhere in the publisher’s statement. More details, it says, will be revealed in due course.