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Pro Evolution Soccer Gets Serious With Realistic Team Names

When you compare Pro Evolution Soccer and FIFA, there are a number of differences that spring to mind. For instance, EA’s ball kicker enjoys a story mode whilst Konami’s matches are more sim-like. But the most obvious difference between the two is the lack of licencing in Pro Evolution Soccer, which has left the teams christened with some comical names.

Well, that is until now.

That’s because, amongst the plethora of positives and negatives that are being published in the various reviews, the latest installment comes complete with realistic team names. Ones that actually feature the city in question. And which obviously circumvent any previous licencing issue through the inclusion of A, B and maybe C.

So, what does all this mean in practice?

Well, Kristina Runaldo, it means that the infamous ‘Man Blue’ and ‘London Blue’ are now ‘Manchester B’ and ‘Chelsea B’. Whilst the recently lost license for Liverpool FC has devolved to ‘Liverpool R’. And in other leagues the trend continues, with Leeds, Norwich and Madrid all making an appearance – with appended letters, of course.

When asked about what prompted the change, the studio simply replied that they have striven for years to make the title more realistic – having admitted that’s been largely compromised over the years by the small matter of licencing. However, that’s all change this year thanks to their talent drive. And now, placenames.

Jonas Lygaard finished by saying:

“Starting with eFootball PES 2020, we have decided to use team names that get as close to reality as we possibly can. We have included real player names and their likenesses for many years now and with these changes, we aim to make the game more relatable to a wider audience.”

Are you happy konami have become more geographically aware? Or is it not Pro Evolution Soccer without a dubious title? Rename your favourite club in the comments box below.

Source: Eurogamer

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