Konami hasn’t exactly been the most loved company in recent years due to the lack of love they have for their classic games but they do still care for PES (Pro Evolution Soccer). The next instalment, likely called PES 2022, will be making its next-gen debut and fans can’t wait to see what this next-gen sports game has to offer.
PES 2022 has actually been in development for quite some time, as Konami made the odd decision to release PES 2021 as a simple reskin of PES 2020 but with an updated roster, which disappointed a ton of fans who were hoping for a new game, with many expecting a lot of different things from the next-gen version.
Here’s everything we know about PES 2022.
PES 2022 Release Date
It’s not yet known when PES 2022 will be coming out but if previous instalments are anything to go by, we can expect to see it release sometime in late August or early 2022.
We say this knowing that PES normally arrives before EA Sports annual FIFA game.
PES 2018 launched on 15 September 2017, PES 2019 arrived 30 August 2018, and PES 2020 hit shelves on 10 September 2019.
When Will We See The PES 2022 Trailer?
Since E3 is still happening, albeit as an online event, we will likely see the first PES 2022 trailer there, hopefully with some gameplay details and how the next-gen consoles will make these games look and feel better.
Konami doesn’t usually host its own events like other gaming companies so if it’s not on E3 it will be a random announcement on their social media channels.
PES 2022 New Gameplay Improvements
Here’s what Konami has told fans about PES 2022, although admittedly, it's not a lot:
"As the industry stands at the precipice of an exciting new generation of consoles, we believe that now is the perfect time to share some of our plans for the future of the PES franchise with you," Konami explained ahead of the release of PES 2021.
"To that end, we are excited to announce that we are hard at work on a next-generation football title that aims to truly embody our core concept of the 'The Pitch Is Ours.'"
“This title 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.”
PES 2022 Using Unreal Engine
Konami is ditching their Fox Engine for PES 2022. Instead, Pro Evolution Soccer is switching to Unreal Engine.
“Our development team in Japan tried it out, and they've seen they have so much more opportunity to do different things on the pitch when it comes down to gameplay visual effects,” Lennart Bobzien, European brand manager, confirmed to Eurogamer some months back.
“When they played around with the Unreal engine, they just decided this was the engine they wanted to use to make the step into the next-console generation. The Unreal engine is the base for the future of the PES series.”
PES 2022 Licenses To Add More Italian Clubs
Konami currently has exclusive rights to Juventus and AS Roma. Two high profile Italian teams who are sorely missed from EA Sports FIFA series. But apparently, Konami are set to add two more Italian sides to the PES 2022 roster.
“There are two new Italian teams interested in Konami's export path and who will soon sign a collaboration with us, " series GM Manorito Hosoda told La Gazzetta dello Sport (Via GamesRadar+). "We plan to create a new export competition in Italy with our five partners, including the most recent two."