PES 2021: Release Date, Demo, Delay, Licences, PS5, Xbox Series X, Gameplay, Graphics & extra

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2020 moved the dial for Konami, however with next-gen consoles on their method – what can we now count on?

PES 2020 was a breakthrough sport for Konami.

With an unique cope with Juventus putingt Pro Evo again on the map, the the cult favorite soccer sport will look to take extra strides with PES 2021.

With Next Gen consoles on the best way, they’ve an excellent alternative to boost their profile even additional, and with predictions on when the PES Demo will hit – the thrill has definitely been ramped up.

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Release Date

There is not any official launch date for PES 2021 but, however final 12 months they stole a march on FIFA by releasing a few weeks earlier in mid-September.

LEADING MAN: With the assistance of Lionel Messi, PES clawed again at FIFA this 12 months

Using the identical strategy, we might estimate the discharge to be Friday 18th September 2021.

That stated, there was a free demo out there a number of weeks previous to launch of PES 2020 and hopefully, this might be repeated.


Of course, with the present international Coronavirus pandemic, video games are being delayed left, proper and centre.

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There has been no assertion for Konami as of but, nevertheless it wouldn’t come as an enormous shock if it have been to be pushed again.


According to reports we might count on to see a PES 21 demo coming in a number of months.

This is basically based mostly on when the final demo was launched for PES 20, which was 30 July for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

If we take this date and predict from there, we might see the PES 21 demo out there from the tip of July 2020.


We know that the favored gaming commerce present, E3, might be held from Ninth-11th June this 12 months. It’s right here that we count on to get our first correct take a look at PES 2021.

This 12 months, it’s anticipated that the blokes at Konami could probably announce a completely new sport engine that has the potential to essentially have an effect on play model.

STEP CHANGE: Last years trailer confirmed off wholesale modifications to gameplay

An entire new model of gameplay was the main focus final 12 months, an overhauled passing system and enhancements to gamers likeness was the main focus in attempting to compete with being a extra ‘realistic’.

Following the sample from final 12 months, we count on Konami to launch additional trailers and chosen entry in and round July 2020.

This is dependant on there not being any points in the event that they do introduce a brand new engine aimed toward utilising essentially the most out of the next-gen consoles.

Cover Star

PES has at all times been genuinely aggressive with FIFA when it has come to cowl stars.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi have each adorned the quilt a number of instances, however the latest tendency has been to have a number of stars or groups on the quilt of Konami’s soccer title.

FANTASTIC FOUR: PES gave us a canopy star twist final 12 months

PES 2020 gained the rights to a number of groups and picked gamers to signify this.

We had Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, alongside Manchester United’s Scott McTominay and Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry. The remaining star was Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic.

FIFPlay PES 2021 cowl vote

FIFA community website FIFPlay has already commenced a vote on who needs to be the PES 2021 cowl star.

NO SURPRISE: The sport’s greatest identify is successful the vote

There are not any surprises on this ballot with the 2 greatest names splitting the vote. Cristiano Ronaldo leads with 23% of the vote, to Messi in 2nd with 19%. Mohamed Salah is third with 10%. 

RealSport’s PES 2021 Cover Stars prediction

Based purely on hypothesis we count on Konami to safe the rights to massive groups throughout a number of leagues and repeat PES 2020 by having 4 stars from 4 associate golf equipment.

Arsenal – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Barcelona – Lionel Messi

Bayern Munich – Robert Lewandowski

Juventus – Paulo Dybala

Master League profession mode

PES 2020 made some nice strides with their Master League profession mode that made it rather more aggressive with FIFA.

The addition of immersive choices to decide on a administration model and reply questions in press conferences that form the end result of your workforce was an enchancment on earlier years.

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It is sweet to see this type of funding in a profession mode inside a context the place pay-to-win gaming is rising in My Club and FUT.

However, Konami has the chance to benefit from EA’s focus shifting to FUT and filling a void within the administration aspect of gaming.


Part of the resurgence for PES has been them battling FIFA for exclusivity rights. For years, PES has been mocked for having to have made up workforce names like ‘Merseyside Red’ for Liverpool.

But they received one again final 12 months and bagged the unique rights to Juventus. For the primary time, FIFA needed to make up a reputation they usually have been known as Piemonte Calcio in FIFA 20.

TURNING OF THE TIDE: Juventus have been the primary, however who will comply with?

When it involves licences, it’s an all or nothing sport.

When FIFA had all the things it was of their curiosity to maintain it this manner, however as an increasing number of unfold to PES it turns into within the curiosity of neither sport to have that divide and to deal with gameplay as a method of beating one another.

But with Juventus blazing a path to not simply be licensed to PES, however solely so, who might be subsequent?

We count on the entrance runners to be Barcelona, Bayern Munich or Manchester United. All of those golf equipment have robust hyperlinks to the sport and its historical past.

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Barcelona can be an actual coo for the franchise however is more likely to come at an enormous value.

They have robust hyperlinks with PES, with the Camp Nou stadium unique to the sport, and Barcelona is without doubt one of the finest golf equipment at leveraging its industrial revenue.

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Bayern Munich can be an excellent strategic selection as a result of truth they haven’t received a license to make use of the Bundesliga and due to this fact there are solely two German groups within the sport.

Given EA’s relationship with the Bundesliga, it could possibly be tough to have FC Holywood solely on Pro Evo.

Finally Manchester United affords an opportunity to get a globally recognized workforce at an enormous of a discount.

Some mocked them for having Scott McTominay on the quilt for PES 2020, however resulting from their on the sector efficiency, Konami would possibly be capable to get a little bit of a discount for a workforce that’s nonetheless probably the most supported globally.

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The Premier League’s relationship with EA Sports is rock stable, with each single English top-flight membership on FIFA 20, together with their stadiums.

Potential new Gaming Engine

PES 2020 already made strides within the visuals of the sport, and this was one of many factors it was counseled for. However, the expectation is with a brand new gaming engine this can come once more even additional.

Konami’s historic battle with EA has at all times been about picture rights and realism. PES 2020 was the place they’ve gotten aggressive once more however this was on a six-year-old Fox engine utilised since PES 2014.

UNREAL: Could PES Mobile maintain the important thing for the sport’s future?

Kei Matsuda of Konami has beforehand talked about that they do plan on utilizing a brand new engine for the collection “in the future.”

He didn’t specify if that was relevant for PES 2021, however he was clear it wouldn’t be deliberate till there was a brand new technology of consoles that might maximise the rationale behind updating.

READ MORE: Mesut Ozil faraway from PES Mobile

The change could possibly be to Unreal Engine. This is at present used on PES Mobile.

With it extremely unlikely that next-gen consoles might run with Fox Engine, a swap to Unreal is an natural and smart swap.

As we transfer to 2020 we will begin to take a look at what this 12 months holds for avid gamers. With the PS5 and Xbox Series X simply across the nook, PES 2021 could possibly be a defining launch because it makes an attempt to make a comeback of types.

Next Gen

With each the PS5 and Xbox Series X boasting spectacular specs that can assist bridge the hole to the PC, it’s wanting an increasing number of attainable that cross-platform play might be attainable on next-gen consoles.

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NEXT GEN: The future is coming

Both the brand new PlayStation and Xbox are anticipated to hit throughout the 2020 vacation interval, with some hypothesis that they are going to arrive in late November.

This means PES 2021 will first be out there on the present technology of consoles, PS4 & Xbox One, which limits the scope of cross-platform play on launch.

READ MORE: PES 2020 now out there on Xbox Game Pass

Still, with an increasing number of video games providing it, it’s certainly solely a matter of time till PES gamers can do the identical. It can also be a degree of competitiveness the place Konami can stand out if they will get there earlier than EA.


At the second, PES 2020 gamers are solely capable of play with and towards these on their very own {hardware}.

Konami is way much less reliant on its myClub mannequin which implies {the marketplace} boundaries that EA has is much less of an affect for them.

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This could possibly be the proper alternative for Konami.

They must continuously discover distinctive methods of taking small components of market share from their rival FIFA.

Being the primary to allow cross-play might make an enormous leap as gamers encourage their associates to buy the sport regardless of being on completely different consoles.

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