Konami have introduced that this yr’s new Pro Evolution Soccer game will solely be “a streamlined offering in the form of a ‘season update’.” The purpose for the much less substantial annual refresh this yr, Konami say, is that the game they plan to launch subsequent yr on the subsequent era of consoles is fancy sufficient that they’re focusing efforts on that. For now, they’ve a tiny teaser trailer exhibiting their next-gen Lionel Messi.
Konami say in today’s announcement that the next-gen game (PES 2022?) “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.” They add that they’re engaged on “large updates” for the Master League profession mode and Fifa Ultimate Team-esque myTeam mode too.
“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 made the decision to launch this year’s PES as a streamlined offering in the form of a ‘season update’.”
The trailer reveals they’re utilizing Unreal Engine, a change from the Fox Engine they’ve used since PES 2014. Yeah, rebuilding a game in a special engine could possibly be a number of work. Konami say they count on to start testing the next-gen PES in mid-2021, then launch it later that yr.
Correction: This submit initially said a brand new PES was not coming this yr, as a result of the discuss an “update” made me assume they had been releasing, y’know, an replace. Konami’s PR have since been in contact to say that really, a brand new standalone PES is coming this yr.