Publisher Konami announced yesterday that PES 2021 will not be a brand new installment, but a substantial update at a cheaper price in September.
The shock statement has been praised by gamers around the world - while some have chosen to question why EA Sports haven't adopted a similar method.
FIFA has been a yearly release since 1995 and while FIFA 21 promises to have a huge debut on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, many are deciding to give PES another shot.
Three new face scanned managers will be in PES 2021
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- PESUniverse (@PesUniverse) July 16, 2020
In a Reddit thread discussing the announcement, u/ColKaizer admitted: "Not going to lie, I'm rooting for PES.
While u/simmarjit added: "This is exactly what I want from this game, I'll defo give their new engine a go when it's out. I believe Unreal Engine is way superior than Frostbite."
CosmicDesperado then chimed in with: "If it starts to get people more interested in PES though, then it will force EA to improve FIFA to compete/stay on top.
"Which is good for the consumer."
Twitter user @PhoenixLordBlizzard then stated: "Remember ladies and gents, DONOT buy FIFA 21. Get PES instead, cause we can't let EA hold us hostage like this."
Remember ladies and gents, DONOT buy Fifa 21. Get PES instead, cause we can't let EA hold us hostage like this. https://t.co/uvg7bjtusd
- PhoenixLordBlizzard (@NasheBweez_King) July 15, 2020
@EASPORTSFIFA take note before commencing with another £60 scam for an update.
- L0ND0N89 (@SamLndn) July 15, 2020
Konami's decision to hold off on a completely new installment allows PES Productions time to focus on PES 2022 - which will move from the Fox Engine to Unreal Engine for next-gen consoles.
A clip of Lionel Messi in the new Barcelona home kit was shown off in yesterday's teaser trailer to give fans a quick glimpse of what to expect next year.
Konami are promising "more realistic player models and animations, enhanced physics, photorealistic visuals" and say next-gen testing will begin in mid 2021.
While PES players wait for the season update to drop, the official Euro 2020 video game is available to download for free and contains all 55 participating UEFA national teams.
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