2020 moved the dial for Konami, but is the “Season Update” wortha move for first-time players?
The upcoming PES 2021 “Season Update” is just hours away!
While all eyes are on next-gen, we still can’t wait for this new game experience.
Here’s everything you need to know about PES 2021.
Latest News – Day 1 Patch
Konami have announced a Day 1 Patch is coming for PES 2021.
This update will first update rosters, but to find out what other features are coming – head here.
For an easy way around licensing issues, you can check out our breakdown of PES 2021 Option Files as well.
So load up your games, because we are just hours away.
The new game will cost just £24.99 / $29.99 and is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC (Steam)!
LEADING MAN: With the help of Lionel Messi, PES has clawed back at FIFA
Alternatively, you can pre-order a special Club Edition which will set you back £29.99 / $34.99.
BARGAIN BUY: The Season Update is much cheaper than the usual game release
The Club Editions include versions for Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Manchester United.
It looks like loyal PES fans will be rewarded!
The Loyalty Discount is in place to recognise PES’s most dedicated players and gives players a 20% discount when they pre-order a Club Edition of PES 21 through PES 2020.
Great news for the player-base to go alongside the fantastic looking trailer reveal.
PES 2021 Season Update Explained
Konami has confirmed that they have made the decision to launch this year’s PES as a streamlined offering in the form of a “season update”.
This year also marks a quarter of a century since the very first PES title was released.
To commemorate this important milestone, and show gratitude to their fans, Konami has announced that this year’s PES will launch at an affordable anniversary price and will also come with several bonuses.
The official PES twitter shared the new Season Update trailer and it looks great!
Check out the trailer below:
BEST OF THE BEST: Lionel Messi is the star feature of the Reveal Trailer
Konami has made the decision to release this year’s PES game as “season update” rather than a full game, allowing them to focus on their next-gen debut.
Well, now the game developers have given us a first look at what PES could look like on next-gen and boy, does it look good!
NEXT-GEN, NEXT LEVEL: Konami looks to be testing PES on an Unreal Engine
The next-gen title is being developed with an updated engine that will bring staggering improvements to all areas of the game.
This engine looks to be with Unreal Engine 5, which was showcased in an impressive demo earlier this year.
You can find Konami’s full statement here.
Pro Evo shocked us all last year and bagged the exclusive rights to Juventus.
For the first time, FIFA had to make up a name and they were called Piemonte Calcio in FIFA 20.
TURNING OF THE TIDE: Juventus return for PES 2021
Konami look to have continued their quest in Serie A, having added Roma to their ranks, signing an exclusive deal with the team from the capital!
However, both Milan clubs have signed mutli-year deals with EA which is a blow to PES 2021 as Serie A will not be fully licensed.
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— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 11, 2020
PES 2021 Confirmed Partner Clubs
- Juventus (Exclusive)
- AS Roma (Exclusive)
- Bayern Munich
- Manchester United
- Zenit St Petersburg
- Sao Paulo
- Vasco da Gama
- Atletico Mineiro
- Universidad de Chile
- Colo Colo
- River Plate
- Boca Juniors
- Alianza Lima
- Sporting Cristal
- Sport Boys
Leagues & Tournaments
All the licenced leagues and tournaments in PES 2021 are:
- UEFA Euro 2020 (Exclusive)
- Italian Serie A TIM
- Utalian Serie BKT
- French Ligue 1 Uber Eats
- Ligue 2 BKT
- Portuguese Liga NOS
- Turkish Super Lig
- Tinkoff Russian Premier Liga (Exclusive)
- Dutch Eredivisie
- Belgian Jupiler Pro League
- Danish 3F Superliga
- Scottish Premiership
- Swiss Raiffeisen Super League
- Brazilian Brasileirao Assai 2020 (Exclusive)
- Brazilian Brasileirao Serie B (Exclusive)
- Argentinian Liga Profesional de Futbol
- Chilean Cameponato PlanVital
- Colombian Liga BetPlay DIMAYOR (Exclusive)
- Chinese CFA Super League
- TOYOTA Thai League (Exclusive)
- AFC Champions League (Exclusive)
The confirmed stadiums for PES 2021 are:
- Allianz Arena – Bayern Munich (Exclusive)
- Allianz Parque – Palmeiras* (Exclusive)
- Allianz Stadium – Juventus (Exclusive)
- Arena Corinthians – Corinthinas (Exclusive)
- Arena do Gremio – Gremio (Exclusive)
- Camp Nou – Barcelona (Exclusive)
- Celtic Park – Celtic (Exclusive)
- De Kuip – PSV Eindhoven (Exclusive)
- El Monumental – River Plate (Exclusive)
- Emirates Stadium – Arsenal
- Alberto J.Armando | La Bombonera – Boca Juniors (Exclusive)
- Estadio Alejandro Villanueva – Allianza Lima (Exclusive)
- Estadio Beira-Rio – Internacional (Exclusive)
- Estadio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo – Sao Paulo (Exclusive)
- Estadio José Alvalade – Sporting CP (Exclusive)
- Estadio Mineirao – Cruzeiro (Exclusive)
- Estadio Monumental de Colo-Colo – Colo Colo (Exclusive)
- Estadio Sao Januario – Vasco da Gama (Exclusive)
- Estadio Urbano Caldeira – Santos (Exclusive)
- Gazprom Arena – Zenit St Petersburg (Exclusive)
- Ibrox Stadium – Rangers (Exclusive)
- Johan Cruijff ArenA – Ajax
- Old Trafford – Manchester United
- Saitama Stadium 2002 – Urawa Red Diamonds (Exclusive)
- St. Jakob-Park – FC Basel (Exclusive)
- Stade Louis II – AS Monaco (Exclusive)
- Stadio Olimpico – Roma & Lazio (Exclusive)
- VELTINS-Arena – Schalke
- Wembley Stadium – England
*Despite Palmeiras not appearing in PES 2021 – the club’s stadium will be in the game
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will share a cover for the first time ever.
PRESENT & FUTURE: That’s a lot of star power
The two greats are joined by recent Champions League winner Alphonso Davies and Man Utd’s Marcus Rashford.
Club Edition Pre-Orders
There are five club editions of PES 2021, with a little bonus that comes with them!
ICONIC – The additional cost is worth it for CR7 alone
For just £5 / $5 more, you can pick up the individual Club Editions with a whole host of extras:
- Iconic Moment Player in myClub
- A full club squad in myClub
- Classic digital kit
- Original in-game menu theme
- *PS4 Exclusive* An exclusive menu theme and avatar
- 3 Contract Tickets x30 weeks (Renew 90 player contracts over 30 weeks) in myClub
The Iconic Moment players available for their respective clubs are Cristiano Ronaldo for the Juventus Edition, Lionel Messi for the Barcelona Edition, Oliver Kahn for Bayern Munich, David Beckham at Manchester United and Dennis Bergkamp for Arsenal.
Some of the ratings for PES 2021’s partner clubs – Juventus, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Arsenal – have been released.
FINE WINE – CR7 maintains a 93 rating
As confirmed in our interview with Konami, there will not be a demo for PES 2021.
For those looking to get a taste of gameplay, download PES 2020 Lite for free on your console!
Master League career mode
PES 2020 made some great strides with their Master League career mode that made it much more competitive with FIFA.
It is good to see this kind of investment in a career mode within a context where pay-to-win gaming is growing in My Club and FUT.
SUPER FRANK – Is the Chelsea manager coming to Master League?
Although no new significant features are coming, we may be receiving new managers with Frank Lampard, Pep Guardiola and Ryan Giggs all featuring in the game’s trailer.
Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X boast impressive specs that will help bridge the gap to the PC.
This means it looks more likely that cross-platform play will be possible on next-gen consoles.
NEXT GEN: The future is coming