Thought you were getting through E3 without Konami piping up with details of the next PES game? Well, think again for today they have dropped the relevant details, explaining how eFootball PES 2020 will see the whole PES experience evolve.
Coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC (Steam), eFootball PES 2020 (seriously, do we HAVE to call it that?), will be available come September 10th 2019 (Americas/Europe) and September 12th in Asia. And it’ll be coming in two editions with the incomparable Lionel Messi featuring as the cover star for the standard edition, and the one and only Ronaldinho earning his keep as the star for the digital only Legend Edition.
If you’re excited by what eFootball PES 2020 brings and reckon you have the skills worthy of that Messi bloke, then you’ll find the Standard Edition available for pre-order today for £59.99.
“I am very happy to be on the cover of eFootball PES 2020. Since I was a little kid, I have always looked forward to seeing who was going to be on the cover. Now my son plays the game, and I have to say that he’s very excited that it’s going to be me. He’s even asked me several times why I was not on it, so I’m really happy now that I am,” commented Lionel Messi, professional footballer and current FC Barcelona forward.
Players can also get their hands on the digital exclusive Legend Edition, featuring Brazilian icon Ronaldinho himself for £79.99 RRP. Further to that though, other bonuses of that edition include an exclusive 3D-scanned 2019 version of Ronaldinho and Messi on a 10-match loan for myClub. Everyone who pre-orders either digital edition of the game will get Andrés Iniesta and 1,000 myClub coins on top.
But why should you be wanting to play PES 2020? Well, Konami are insisting that it ushers in a new decade of industry-leading football simulation with a bold promise to revolutionize eFootball and introduce the sport to a global audience. The PES series continues its dedicated pursuit of realism, taking consideration of fan feedback to bring several impactful changes that instils every moment of play with a sense of complete freedom and control. Key changes in that include a remastered version of Master League, a brand-new mode called Matchday and a completely overhauled visual identity for in-game menus.
Jonas Lygaard, Senior Director Brand & Business Development at Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. added: “Today’s announcement of eFootball PES 2020 and our new positioning recognises this company’s commitment to the emerging sport of eFootball and progress we’ve made in that direction with previous PES titles. With KONAMI’s continued investment in the PES LEAGUE and eFootball.Pro tournaments, plus our dedication to continually raising the bar for football simulation games, we’ve never been more excited for the future of the eFootball PES series.”
And after enlisting the expertise of legendary midfielder Andrés Iniesta, Konami are shaping the latest instalment with a renewed focus on immersion and authenticity, translating his innate ability to read the space around him and slip through the tiniest cracks of an otherwise impregnable defensive line into a new dynamic dribbling technique; the Finesse Dribble.
Further to that, Ronaldinho’s unique style of football is also coming to PES 2020, featuring animation sets that allow players to move like the man himself, using unparalleled technical flair and fluid movement to beat defenders, together with showboat first-touch techniques such as chest and back control.
But what else will eFootball PES 2020 bring? Well, the following have been detailed by Konami…
Master League Remastered:
Huge changes are coming to fan-favourite mode Master League, headlined by a powerful new interactive dialogue system that puts the reins firmly in players hands when it comes to controlling story progression. This enables players to choose responses that suit their personality to drive progression and create their own personal Master League story. The transfer market in PES 2020 will also feature a brand-new algorithm ensuring that transfers, transfer fees, salaries and other elements are in close alignment with reality.
Further additions include:
Create and customise sponsor logos that will be displayed on the media backdrop during interviews and on the Master League main menu screen.
Customise manager models with a greater level of freedom thanks to high-performance 3D scanning technology to capture images of individuals of varying body shapes and sizes.
Or play through Master League using one of several legendary managers as your avatar, including Zico, Cruyff and Maradona
Brand-New Mode: Matchday
In a brand-new mode for PES 2020, Matchday distils the essence of football culture into a competitive format that lifts players out of the spectator stands and puts them onto the pitch. Align yourself with one of two different sides at the start of each weekly event, where every perfectly placed pass and show-stopping goal unleashed contributes points towards victory.
Stand alongside PES newcomers and seasoned veterans alike as you work together to build an advantage for your side ahead of the Grand Final. As each weekly event enters its final phase, the results from all Group Matches played are analysed to find the best performing user from each side. These users are selected as Representatives, earning the right to compete in the Grand Final on behalf of their chosen side – fully viewable via a livestream feed in Matchday mode.
Additional game features:
Beyond Master League and Matchday, numerous significant changes have been made to PES 2020 as a direct result of fan feedback. This includes upgraded trapping mechanics and new techniques; context-sensitive kick accuracy; more realistic defence and the addition of the intentional foul; an adaptive player interaction system that recreates player personalities on the pitch; and much more.
The beautiful game has never looked better this year, with PES 2020 introducing an enhanced lighting engine, improved player models, realistic cutscenes and replay footage, plus a completely new preset camera angle that offers a compelling broadcast feel.
Further to all this, Konami have also announced a further multi-year partnership with FC Barcelona, ensuring that the Camp Nou will remain exclusive to the PES series.
Is this enough to see PES really get one up on EA and their FIFA series? Whilst it was a close affair last year with PES 2019 pushing FIFA 19 all the way, the huge draw that FIFA has with the Ultimate Team and Clubs scene usually sees them coming out on top. But hey, the 2020 editions of both games will no doubt see many changes occur and this could see PES 2020 hit the highest of heights.
After all, it’s all about the eFootball. Isn’t it?