PES 2022: see release forecast and news about the Konami game

PES 2022 is the next game in Konami'sfamous eFootball franchise, with a scheduled release for the second half of 2021, still no date set. The game, which is one of the most anticipated of the year, has won a surprise testing demo available for PlayStation 4(PS4), PlayStation 5(PS5), Xbox Series X/Series S, and Xbox One. It is worth remembering that the final version of the game will also have download on PC. Among the novelties awaited in PES 2022 is the use of Unreal Engine, which promises even more improved graphics.

Since the announcement that PES 2021 would be released only as a season update, many speculations have been selected around PES 2022. Check out the following information already confirmed and rumors about the new football simulator.

Rumores apontam para que o lançamento do PES 2022 ocorra no dia 7 de setembro — Foto: Reprodução/PlayStation Store

Rumors point to pes 2022 launch on September 7 — Photo: PlayStation Store

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Possible release dates

Historically, Konami has sought to launch PES before its main rival, FIFA, always making its game available approximately two weeks before the Electronic Arts (EA) title. The premiere of PES 2022 should not escape the rule.

FIFA 22 is expected to be released between the last week of September and October 1, so you can risk Konami's title reaching the market by the second week of September. According to report 101, the likely date is September 7.

New exclusive teams


O Napoli é um dos novos times licenciados pela franquia PES — Foto: Divulgação/Konami

Napoli is one of the new teams licensed by the PES franchise — Photo: Divulgação/Konami

After not renewing the licenses of Italian clubs Milan and Inter Milan for PES 2021, Konami has secured a new club with exclusive rights. According to the Website GamesRadar+ and the exclusivity about Juventus and AS Roma, Naples is also licensed by the developer in the 2021/2022 season, becoming exclusive to the brand from PES 2023.

In addition, according to RealSport 101, Atalanta also signed an exclusive agreement with Konami, starting in the 2021/22 season. If this rumor is confirmed, FIFA 22 will no longer include the club's official name, coat of arms, kits, and players.

New engine: Unreal Engine

According to the GamesRadar+ website, Konami says goodbye to the Fox Engine-based era, switching to a new game engine. The one chosen to be used in the construction of PES 2022 was Epic Games'Unreal Engine, which will enable developers to improve the quality and variety of the title's visual effects.

The stars on the game cover

In the last two years, the athletes who have stamped the cover of PES have been some of the top names of the teams licensed exclusively by Konami. In 2020 Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Pjanic (Juventus), McTominay (Manchester United), and Lionel Messi (Barcelona) were the stars of the game. Already in the 2021 edition Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich) Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), and again Messi stamped the title.

Messi pode deixar de compor a capa do game em PES 2022 — Foto: Reprodução/Konami

Messi may stop com making the cover of the game in PES 2022 — Photo: Reproduction/Konami

However, for PES 2022 some issues may interfere with the composition of the game cover. Without renewing his contract with Barcelona, Messi may leave the Catalan club, leading Konami to find a new star player to occupy his prominent space. The same goes for Cristiano Ronaldo, who can leave Juventus. According to the website report 101, some possibilities to replace the stars are Griezmann, Ansu Fati, or have Stegen (Barcelona) on the Blaugrana side, and Dybala or Light (Juventus).

There are also rumors about the possibility that some players outside pes partner clubs will be chosen to make up the cover of the game. This is the case of the young Takefusa Kubo (Real Madrid), who signed a participation agreement with Konami for PES 2022, a deal similar to what Rashford, Gnabry, Alphonso Davies, and other young stars, who have already made up the cover of the game, have signed with the developer.

O jogador Takefusa Kubo assinou um acordo de participação junto à Konami, desenvolvedora do PES 2022 — Foto: Divulgação/Konami

Takefusa Kubo signed a participation agreement with Konami, developer of PES 2022 — Photo: Divulgação/Konami

Game modes: Master League and myClub

One of the main disputes between PES and FIFA is in-game modes. About myClub, a mode where the player can assemble their dream team by climbing the cast as they wish, Konami will need to fight hard to compete in a balanced way with the ultimate team, the equivalent model in the title of the electronic art. According to RealSport 101, Konami must bet on its large list of international licenses and exclusive contracts to try to match the competitor.

Expectations are also high for the Master League, pes mode in which the player simulates the experience of being a football coach, and that competes directly with FIFA Career Mode. Since the 2021 version of PES was just a season update, Konami had an additional year to work on developing the model in PES 2022, which promises to bring good narrative development.

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