Despite great gameplay the Pro Evolution Soccer series is fighting a losing battle against the might of EA Sports’ FIFA games. PES 2019 suffered the loss of Konami’s licensing relationship with the UEFA Champions League, losing out to EA.
Will PES 2020 fare better? Or will the fact it may have so few team, player and stadia likenesses mean it loses out in the Sky Sports glitzy age of football? Here are all the latest rumours.
When is PES 2020 coming out?
PES 2019 bucked the trend as you can see below by launching roughly two weeks before the games normally do. It always comes out on a Tuesday though, so expect a Tuesday in late August or in the first half of September 2019.
PES 2019: 28 August 2018
PES 2018: 12 September 2017
PES 2017: 13 September 2016
PES 2016: 15 September 2015
What platforms will PES 2020 be on?
You can bet that PES 2020 will be released for PS4, Xbox One and PC, the same consoles that support PES 2019. We don’t expect a Switch version, or versions compatible with PS3 or Xbox 360.
How much will PES 2020 cost?
You can safely bet that PES 2020 will cost the same.
What new features does PES 2020 have?
This is harder to determine at present, but the obvious thing PES is now lacking is a practically full game of licensed teams like FIFA. While PES still has the official Liverpool, Arsenal, Barcelona, Dortmund and Inter licenses among others it simply can’t compete with FIFA.
Most players want player, kit and stadia likenesses in their modern football game no matter what team they are playing as or against – and PES simply doesn’t provide that anymore.
With the loss in 2018 of the Champions League and Europa League rights to EA, PES 2020 will be feeding on scraps. Sure, it has the Portuguese Primera Liga, the Scottish Premiership and the Dutch Eridivisie but when it lacks the major leagues of England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France it’s going to be a losing battle.
PES 2019, however many teams it doesn’t have, does have exceptionally good gameplay. It introduced loads of new in-game skills like no look pass (basically for Roberto Firmino), dipping shot and edge turn that add intricacies to gameplay that FIFA arguably lacks.
Play also felt a lot more contextual, with surrounding players realistically affecting what the player with the ball could pull off. Compared to FIFA 19 that allows you to score ridiculous overhead kicks in every match, PES is arguably more realistic.
When we know more about PES 2020 we’ll update this article with all the leaks and info. In the meantime, we are hoping that Konami can claw back some licensing rights.
Perhaps it should also undercut FIFA in price to attract some more players back to the franchise.