Pro Evolution Soccer has had a rough few years. But, unfortunately, the upcoming PlayStation 5 won’t be making it any easier. That’s because it has forced the team to concentrate a little too much on next year’s release so that PES 2021 will be little more than an aesthetic upgrade. In fact, it sounds like a bargain – though that’s not always a good thing.
You see, the team have published a statement over on their website saying they’re switching their assets over to the Unreal Engine. That means it’s sayonara to the Fox Engine, which has been their focus until now. As a result, there’s a lot of work that needs redoing behind the scenes to make this yearly franchise a thing. And that has come at the cost of this year’s game. Not that we know a lot about it.
The timing couldn’t be any worse, though, as 2020 is actually the game’s 25th Anniversary. But, instead of getting a celebratory release of PES 2021, Konami are going for the less traditional “streamlined” version of the game (dominated by a season update), which will launch at an “affordable price” with a few “bonuses” thrown in. A description I’m sure will get the pre-orders rolling in…
However, PES 2022 will feature evidently improved player assets, visuals and physics, so it’s surely worth the wait – right? That is, if it doesn’t launch as FIFA’s poorer cousin, as it has done in recent years. Not only do Konami need to turn things around, they also need to do so on a brand new hardware. Something that could further complicate matters and leave us disappointed again.
PES 2022 will launch sometime next year, with the beta planned for early 2021. So, keep your eyes peeled nearer the time for further information.