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PES 2020 set for gameplay changes in its first big patch

Published: 15:58, 18 September 2019
Updated: 16:00, 18 September 2019
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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating a goal in eFootball PES 2020.
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Konami are set to introduce some big changes to PES 2020 gameplay after many players criticised the game for being faster and less responsive when compared to the earlier demo version.

PES 2020 Demo was one of the most enjoyable football simulations we got to play in the last few years. The gameplay felt smooth, realistic and the pace of the matches was perfectly balanced. Of course, there were some issues with the referees and teammate AI but overall, it's was a very promising title.

Fast forward to the full version and it looks like PES 2020 is not doing quite well. Many players are complaining that the gameplay now feels completely different and inferior to the demo - it's faster and less responsive. The referees in PES 2020 were also quick on the fouls while in the full version, they allow rugby tackles. 

Players find all these things quite annoying and they have been voicing their discontent with the game in the last few days. Today, Konami finally responded to the feedback and by the looks of it, they are ready to introduce several changes to bring the gameplay in line with the one from the demo.

In a Facebook post, Konami said that they didn't change the gameplay in the full version of the game as they only focused on fixing a lot of bugs from the demo. 

"Basically, we were focused on fixing the things that were deemed as bugs by the gameplay team. One example of a bug that got fixed is how the fouls were being judged. We noticed some fouls that were being judged in the Demo would not be considered as fouls in real life," it's written in the post.

Konami Mohamed Salah in eFootball PES 2020. eFootball PES 2020 is set for major changes

Konami also confirmed that they won't just switch back to the old gameplay as that would also mean that fixed bugs will also make a return. Instead, they will make a number of changes to gameplay in the next patch. Here's what they plan to change: 

  • Better player reaction to loose balls

    Konami will be improving how players react to loose balls, ensuring that they will do their best to try and gain possession. This will ensure exciting gameplay for 1 vs 1 duel in the sidelines or the battle for the ball in the penalty box.
  • Better positioning of the defence line and midfield line

    Some people pointed out that there was a gap between the defence line and the midfield line, which allowed killer passes to reach the forward attackers with ease. Konami noticed that this resulted in a fast-paced game since it was possible for the ball to reach the front lines with only a few passes. With the fix, it will become harder for the ball to reach the attackers, so constructing the play will be more important during matches. As a result, the pace of the game will come closer to reality.

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