PES 2021 will be a ‘seasonal’ update and not a traditional sequel17th July 2020
Konami has announced Pro Evolution Soccer 2021 will be a ‘seasonal’ update for the current iteration, rather than an actual sequel.
The developer has opted to release a stripped back title this year, as it looks to double down on next-generation football games.
“The sheer scale of everything we are aiming to achieve for our next-gen debut has made it necessary to pare back our efforts in other areas of development,” said Konami.
“As a result, we have made the decision to launch this year’s PES as a streamlined offering in the form of a season update.”
This doesn’t mean there won’t be new content, as the developer has already confirmed there will be features centred on the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament.
It has become tradition for both Electronic Arts (EA) and Konami to release yearly entries for both the FIFA and PES franchises.
However, many feel both have grown stale over the years.
Long-time fans have become disgruntled with EA, as the publisher rarely enhances anything other than its flagship Ultimate Team mode that generates so much of its revenue.
Konami appears to be taking the criticism of its rival onboard, as it looks set to develop an “updated engine” that will enhance all aspects of the PES franchise.
The developer teased that gamers can expect “more realistic player models and animations, enhanced physics, photo-realistic visuals, and much much more”.
If the promises are to be believed, then it is possible fans may jump ship and force EA to overhaul all of FIFA, rather than just the flagship Ultimate Team mode.
However, until the new and improved next-generation PES game debuts, it remains to be seen how effective Konami’s new approach will be.
PES 2021 will release on September 15, 2020 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
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