03 Jul 2021 9:47 AM +00:00

PES 2022 Reportedly Plans To Go Full Free To Play Later This Year

New statements from Andy Robinson from VGC on the latest VGC Off The Record podcast, suggests that Konami is set to shake things up and make PES 2022 fully free-to-play.

At about twenty minutes into the show, Robinson says that "Konami are flickering to life" with the publisher set to bring changes to PES 2022. "They're going to go properly free-to-play and really change it up".

Robinson then points to the recently announced online playtest for a Konami football (soccer) game, which we all assumed to be PES 2022, as a sign that the publisher will be shaking up the formula this year.

This would mark a major shift for the football franchise, but it might also be a smart one. FIFA has long been the top dog in the premium football game market and by going free-to-play, PES 2022 could carve out a new audience for itself and potentially pull in more players than it ever has.

Last year's entry PES 2021, came in the form of a title update for PES 2020, rather than a brand new game. Therefore, Konami has now had two years to work on this new entry.

With the game likely releasing in early Fall 2021, we likely are only a few weeks away from a reveal. But, for now, you can catch up with all the news we know about PES 2022 here.