Konami using Unreal Engine for PES 2022

Konami using Unreal Engine for PES 2022

The eFootball PES 2021 Season Update will launch on 15 September for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

There's a long-held belief among sports game enthusiasts that each new edition in a series is pretty much just a $50 roster update. Players can expect more realistic player models and animations, enhanced physics, photorealistic visuals, and much much more.

Listening to its customers, Konami also promised that large updates are in works for myClub and Master League content modes along with several bonuses.

Konami published a short teaser promo featuring none other than Lionel Messi in impressive graphical detail. It will update PES 2020 and offer a new experience for PES players, however, it's not known when this will launch. It is expected to begin testing in mid-2021 whereas the release date of PES 2022 is expected later in the year.

In a statement over on the Konami website, the company said, "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". To make up for PES 2021 being more of the same and the franchise celebrating its 25th anniversary, this year's take on the nearly as lovely as Badminton game will launch at an "affordable anniversary price" with a few bonuses included.

Konami has announced that the PES development team will be taking a break from its yearly schedule as the team focus on improving the series for next-gen consoles.

It's a little sad that Konami, exhausted by its decades-long battle against the far wealthier and more resourceful EA in the football game space, simply couldn't manage/afford to release two games in two years when one of them needed extra work.

Update: Konami has clarified with IGN that PES 2021 will be a standalone game released at a lower price than previous entries - not a paid DLC update to the last game.

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