Konami found themselves in the news for the wrong reason as the Australian classification board published info on PES 2021 coming as a season update for the current instalment.
Australian Classification website has recently received an entry that reads eFootball PES 2021, which would normally be good news, had it not been followed by "Season Update".
It's a multiplatform release with an alternative name "PES 2021" and the listing includes the usual features like online interactivity and in-game purchases.
Now, we're yet to get the official confirmation from Konami so this is still technically a rumour, or we really want it to be, but you can see where the community's concern is coming from.
We were silently hoping that this might be eFootball PES 2020's Euro 2020 DLC but there are videos of people playing it so all the signs are pointing to a year without new PES.
With just about every industry impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, it wouldn't be inconceivable if Konami decided to skip eFootball PES 2021 and deliver it merely as a content update for the existing game. Not that it wouldn't be disappointing, mind you.
Konami's rebranding of the game was meant to make the old PES brand more recognisable and more of a competitor to EA's FIFA franchise, but if these rumours are true - this is already a major setback. We're saying that because FIFA 21 will be launching this year, and is likely to be one of the more popular ones too, as per tradition.
We'll be keeping our eyes out for any news from Konami but you may want to prepare yourself for PES 2021 being a cosmetic pack. While a bit disappointing, it ultimately may not be bad for PES 2020 users, who would likely receive more support for the game.
You can find the listing here .