The Euros are coming and Konami are getting in on the action with the release of the official UEFA EURO 2016 game – as a standalone title or as a free update to PES 2016.
Arriving in April 2016, the UEFA EURO 2016 game will release as the official game of the tournament. Unfortunately it seems that unless you’re already a PES player on Xbox One or Xbox 360, then your only chance of grabbing the content will be by making a switch to Playstation, as that is the only place a full retail release will be seen. The good news however is that those who have already got access to PES 2016 will receive the update as a free piece of DLC on March 24th for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and PC.
Securing the official license for the EURO 2016 tournament will allow Konami to bring new content and presentation elements including the Stade de France stadium. With 15 of the 24 included teams being fully licensed – that’ll be England, Wales, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovakia, Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Northern Ireland and hosts France, all perfectly recreated – and hundreds of players with authentic faces in place, Konami will also ensure that all squads will also be in line with those of the qualifying nations, with the various playing styles perfectly replicated via the game’s innovative Player ID and Team ID systems, which mimic the exact playing styles of both individual players and the team as a whole.
Additionally, the single player mode will come complete with a series of top-level promotions. The Official PES League will be running online competitions during the duration of the competition, while a series of very special myClub promotions are also planned.
“All eyes will be on France as Europe’s most prestigious international competition gets underway in June, and we are delighted to present the official game of the UEFA EURO 2016 tournament,” stated Erik Bladinieres, European Brand Director of Football for Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. “With such a high standard of football on show, only the PES series could truly recreate it in all its glory. Our team is committed to building a game that matches the pace, skill and excitement of the competition, and introducing its depth and entertaining gameplay to a new wave of fans. Our existing PES fans are the most enthusiastic and committed of any football title, and we are delighted to be giving them the UEFA EURO 2016 content absolutely free, while our accompanying online and myClub promotions will ensure this will be a summer of football to remember.”
But that’s not all. If you’re a fan of PES Club Manager and PES Collection on iOS and Android, then Konami will be sorting some bespoke EURO 2016 content for you as well.