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The next Pro Evolution Soccer game will be officially announced on 21st July, but an open beta test for a title named New Football Game has been released by Konami on the PlayStation 5 and PS4 today. Scheduled to run from 24th June to 8th July, the demo has been designed to “assess the stability and connection quality of our servers during online matches”.

No data will carry from the beta to the as-of-yet unannounced final product, and Konami stresses that “gameplay mechanics, balancing, animations, and graphics are all under development and will be improved before the official launch”. There’s cross-play between PS5 and PS4 consoles, although “only a limited number of teams are available to play”.

Pro Evolution Soccer, in essence, took a year off, with the title’s 2020 instalment being a Season Update – effectively just roster changes. It’s switching to the Unreal Engine for this version, and has had an additional year of development time. We’ve always felt that PES delivers a more authentic simulation of football than FIFA, so we’re eager to see what’s changed this time around.