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Konami's bold next-gen PES strategy sparks interest of FIFA players

Published: 14:57, 17 July 2020
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Screenshot of Messi in the next-gen PES teaser
Messi looks phenomenal in the next-gen PES teaser.

The recent next-gen PES announcement by Konami has aroused the interest of many a FIFA player, most of whom were quick to share their thoughts on FIFA's official subreddit.

Konami have recently announced that the next iteration of their renowned Pro Evolution Soccer series will come in a form of a season update to the current version of the game.

The reason behind this strategy is that the publisher wants to cram in extra time to work on a proper next-gen title - one that couldn't exactly be delivered in the usual time-frame of new PES releases, or that of any sports game for that matter.

"The sheer scale of everything we are aiming to achieve for our next-gen debut has made it necessary to pare back our efforts in other areas of development," said Konami in a statement. "As a result, we have made the decision to launch this year's PES as a streamlined offering in the form of a season update."

Now, the news of PES 2022 being built on Epic's Unreal Engine that will bring "staggering improvements to all areas of the game" has, naturally, shaken the very foundations of the football gaming community - in a good way, of course.

After all, shifting away from the usual annual release policy for a sports game is very much a breath of fresh air in today's day and age.

The fact that Pro Evo fans have welcomed this announcement with open arms does not really come as a surprise, but the sudden spark of interest of EA fans is rather interesting to say the least.

Namely, as soon as Konami broke the news about their PES 2022 plans, FIFA's official subreddit went haywire. An absolute abundance of comments started pouring in, with most users stating that they will be trying out the next-gen version of PES.

Konami Screenshot of the FC Barcelona logo in next-gen PES The attention to detail on the next-gen logo of FC Barcelona is nothing short of amazing.

"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.", wrote a user named simmarjit. "Not going to lie, I'm rooting for PES", said ColKaizer. "Never considered switching from FIFA more than I am now", wrote blazington1989.

These are only some of the comments that you can read on the subreddit's thread ; there are plenty more that go along similar lines - all of which seem to paint the one, same picture: PES 2022 could be the greatest entry of the Pro Evolution Soccer franchise.

With a brand new engine, next-gen level systems, and the undeniable interest of their rival company's fans - Konami have the chance to seize the opportunity and bring Pro Evo back to its legendary heights in the world of virtual football.

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