PES 2021 Season Update is coming on 15 September 2020 and the trailer has been revealed!
Keep reading to watch the trailer and find out more.
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It looks like loyal PES fans will be rewarded!
The Loyalty Discount is in place to recognise PES’s most dedicated players and gives players a 20% discount when they pre-order a Club Edition of PES 21 through PES 2020.
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Great news for the player-base to go alongside the fantastic looking trailer reveal.
The official PES twitter shared the new Season Update trailer and it looks great!
Check out the trailer below:
PES 2021 Season Update Explained
Konami has confirmed that they have made the decision to launch this year’s PES as a streamlined offering in the form of a “season update”.
This year also marks a quarter of a century since the very first PES title was released.
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To commemorate this important milestone, and show gratitude to their fans, Konami has announced that this year’s PES will launch at an affordable anniversary price and will also come with several bonuses.
As mentioned, PES 2021 Season Update will be arriving on Tuesday, 15 September 2020.
The new Season Update will come to PS4, Xbox One and PC (via Steam).
Alternatively, you can pre-order a special Club Edition which will set you back £29.99 / $35.
The Club Editions include versions for Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Manchester United.
According to reports we could expect to see a PES 2021 demo coming in a few months.
This is largely based on when the last demo was released for PES 2020, which was Tuesday, 30 July for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
If we take this date and predict from there, we could see the PES 2021 demo available anytime from Tuesday, 28 July.
That said, if PES 2021 is just an update of PES 2020, would there be any need for a demo?
Konami has made the decision to release this year’s PES game as “season update” rather than a full game, so that they can focus on their next-gen debut.
Well now, the game developers have given us a first look at what PES could look like on next-gen and boy, does it look good!
This next-gen title is being developed with an updated engine that will bring staggering improvements to all areas of the game.
Expect more realistic player models and animations, enhanced physics, photorealistic visuals, and much much more.
Konami has also confirmed that there will be large updates for both myClub and Master League.
Konami aims to begin testing of their next-gen title sometime in mid-2021, with an estimated release date later in the same year.
You can find Konami’s full statement here.
Pro Evo shocked us all last year and bagged the exclusive rights to Juventus.
For the first time, FIFA had to make up a name and they were called Piemonte Calcio in FIFA 20.
With Juventus blazing a trail to not just be licensed to PES, but exclusively so, who will be next?
Barcelona, Bayern Munich or Manchester United could level up their agreements, but trying to get around league licencing is difficult.
Spanish giants Real Madrid have been rumoured, as well as rivals Atletico – with players from both clubs featuring in MyClub’s Iconic Moment Series.
PES 2020 had some of the world’s finest stadiums.
It included the Nou Camp of Barcelona, Manchester United’s Old Trafford and Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena.
What other iconic venues can we expect to feature?
Euro 2020 (or is it now 2021?) venues Wembley Stadium and the Krestovsky Stadium (home of Zenit St Petersburg) are arriving in PES 2020 via DLC, and with the tournament being delayed a year, expect them to stick around for 2021.
Football game community website FIFPlay have commenced a PES 2021 Stadium vote.
The current front runners are Elland Road (Leeds United), Vodafone Arena (Besiktas) and Sukru Saracoglu Stadium (Fenerbahce).
PES 2021 Cover Star?
PES has always been genuinely competitive with FIFA when it has come to cover stars.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi have both adorned the cover multiple times, but the recent tendency has been to have multiple stars or teams on the cover of Konami’s soccer title.
Miralem Pjanic, Serge Gnabry, Scott McTominay and of course Lionel Messi were a useful quartet, but who could we see this time?
FIFPlay PES 2021 cover vote
FIFA community website FIFPlay has already commenced a vote on who should be the PES 2021 cover star.
There are no surprises in this poll with the two biggest names splitting the vote. Cristiano Ronaldo leads with 36% of the vote, to Messi in 2nd with 21%. Heung-min Son is 3rd with 8%.
RealSport’s PES 2021 Cover Stars prediction
Based purely on speculation we expect Konami to secure the rights to big teams across multiple leagues and repeat PES 2020 by having four stars from four partner clubs.
Barcelona – Lionel Messi
Bayern Munich – Robert Lewandowski
Juventus – Paulo Dybala
Manchester United – Bruno Fernandes
Master League career mode
PES 2020 made some great strides with their Master League career mode that made it much more competitive with FIFA.
It is good to see this kind of investment in a career mode within a context where pay-to-win gaming is growing in My Club and FUT.
However, Konami has the opportunity to take advantage of EA’s focus moving to FUT and filling a void in the management side of gaming.
Hopefully we will see greater depth in player development, personalities, management styles and perhaps tactics.
With Andres Iniesta on-boarded to help out the development team on PES 2020, there were clear improvements to gameplay in the passing, dribbling and shooting department.
That said, Pro Evo can feel like a football match from the 1950’s in terms of style of play.
Very deep defences and plenty of long balls mean that the midfield is almost redundant, and crosses are very difficult to score from.
An overhaul to the game’s meta means you’ll get more reward for utilising star man Lionel Messi.
New Game Engine?
PES 2020 already made strides in the visuals of the game, and this was one of the points it was commended for.
The expectation with a new gaming engine this will come again even further.
Kei Matsuda of Konami has previously mentioned that they do plan on using a new engine for the series “in the future.”
He did not specify if that was applicable for PES 2021, but he was clear it wouldn’t be planned until there was a new generation of consoles that could maximise the rationale behind updating.
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The change could be to Unreal Engine 5.
Unreal is currently used on PES Mobile.
With it highly unlikely that next-gen consoles could run with Fox Engine, a switch to the next Unreal Engine is an organic and sensible switch.
As we move to 2020 we can start to look at what this year holds for gamers.
With both the PS5 and Xbox Series X boasting impressive specs that will help bridge the gap to the PC, it is looking more and more possible that cross-platform play will be possible on next-gen consoles.
Both the new PlayStation and Xbox are expected to hit during the 2020 holiday period, with some speculation that they will arrive in late November.
This means PES 2021 will first be available on the current generation of consoles, PS4 & Xbox One, and should be playable on PS5 and Xbox Series X by backwards compatibility or Smart Delivery.
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Leon Joseph is just a few years into his journalist career, but has already had pieces published in many major publications including Tech Crunch and the Game Spot. In regards to academics, Leon earned a degree in business from Texas State. Leon has passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in the gaming industry.