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eFootball PES 2021 trailer announces exclusive partnership with AS Roma

Published: 15:25, 27 August 2020
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Konami's eFootball PES 2021 may be just a content update but that didn't stop the company from announcing an exclusive partnership with Italian club AS Roma.

The trailer announcing the partnership between AS Roma and eFootball PES 2021 has a few players from the current roster, including the loanee from Arsenal, Henrik Mkhitaryan. We suppose that Pedro's transfer would've been too short a notice, though. 

As you'd expect though, eFootball PES 2021's new trailer dives heavily into some legends that wore the club colours, and there are quite a few. 

Nevertheless, any fan worth his salt knows that nobody comes close to Francesco Totti, whose loyalty to AS Roma is something that's extremely rare in today's football, if not gone altogether. 

Konami didn't forget to include Gabriel Batistuta and Cafu either, and while their stints at the club weren't long, they were certainly meaningful. 

If the trailer didn't make it clear already, eFootball PES 2021 is actually a content update for eFootball PES 2020. In other words, don't expect graphics upgrades - this is purely a roster and stats upgrade for the existing game. 

Konami's reasoning for skipping on the development of a full-fledged eFootball PES 2021 game is partly the COVID-19 pandemic and partly the fact that the studio wants their devs' attention to be fully focused on developing the new eFootball PES. 

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By "new eFootball PES" we don't mean the type of gradual changes we've come to expect from annual instalments but rather a next-gen footballing framework that will support such endeavours in the future. 

Thankfully, Konami will be ditching their old engine and going for Epic's Unreal Engine, which is certainly one of the more exciting news we've heard about the franchise in a while. 

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