eFootball PES 2021: a step towards a new approach? [VIDEO]

Konami‘s football game is going to change many things.

Pro Evolution Soccer will return this year, but this time, the Japanese publisher has decided to pull a move that perhaps its main rival, EA Sports’ FIFA series might copy later on. This year’s eFootball PES will not receive a full, retail release in favour of a „season update” for eFootball PES 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (Steam), Konami announced. The update will be available at an „affordable [25th] anniversary price” with a lot of bonuses.

Meanwhile, the next-gen Pro Evolution Soccer is also in development. However, it drops the Fox Engine to use Unreal Engine (possibly UE5) for „more realistic player models and animations, enhanced physics, photorealistic visuals, and much much more.” Its testing will start in mid-2021 with a retail release later that year. Probably in the Fall.

„As the industry stands at the precipice of an exciting new generation of consoles, we believe that now is the perfect time to share some of our plans for the future of the PES franchise with you. To that end, we are excited to announce that we are hard at work on a next-generation football title that aims to truly embody our core concept of “The Pitch is Ours.” This title is being developed with an updated engine that will enable us to dazzle you with staggering improvements to all areas of the game. Expect more realistic player models and animations, enhanced physics, photorealistic visuals, and much much more. We recognize 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.

However, 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. As a result, we have decided to launch this year’s PES as a streamlined offering in the form of a “season update.” That being said, we are still extremely confident that this year’s game offers fans more than enough thrills to tide them over until our next-gen title is ready for launch.

This year also marks a quarter of a century since the very first PES title was released. To commemorate this important milestone, and more importantly, to show our gratitude to you, our loyal fans, we are pleased to announce that this year’s PES will launch at an affordable anniversary price and will also come with several bonuses. Currently, we aim to begin testing of our next-gen title sometime in mid-2021, with an estimated release date later in the same year. Until that time, we hope to see you back on the pitch in this year’s season update. Look forward to more news regarding our next-gen project closer to release,” Konami’s message reads.

So Konami pulls the move that should have been the standard for a while: drop the retail release to go for a season update instead. Too bad that the Fox Engine will be left behind.

Source: Gematsu

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