After years of FIFA dominance, the world of football gaming has been shaken this year, and no game has even been released.
Konami's PES title is back in a big way this year, and it has sparked a football war that we have not seen before.
Yesterday FIFA announced a new partnership with the Bundesliga that would include new stadiums, face scans, and broadcast packages. This came just hours after Konami confirmed it would have full licensing for Italy's Serie A.
And now the next blow in the football war had been landed.
PES 2020 secures Euro 2020 rights
World Cup rights have long been in EA's hands, but this year Euro 2020 will be in Konami's corner, with the full tournament being a DLC for PES 2020.
The 2020 Q2 DLC will bring over 50 national teams to the game, including current champions Portugal. Along with the official national teams will come team kits, crests, and players.
Guy Laurent-Epstein, marketing director of UEFA Events SA, said: "We are very pleased to continue and extend our working partnership with KONAMI. UEFA EURO 2020 provides an opportunity to build an even closer working relationship, allowing us to activate it in new and exciting ways, and to engage with our mutual fans around the world."The announcement comes a day after Konami confirmed the Serie A licensing in PES 2020The use of DLC, rather than releasing a whole other game, should see a remarkable uptake from players around the world, and that isn't the only reason fans should be excited...
UEFA eEURO 2020 esports tournament
Along with the DLC, Konami & UEFA have said there will be a brand-new esports competition based around the tournament, with national sides from across Europe submitting representatives for the qualifying stages before the top 16 teams face off in a live event in London after the semi-finals of the real thing.
When can we play?
PES 2020 drops on PS4, Xbox, on 10 September, a full 2 weeks ahead of FIFA 20. The Euro 2020 DLC will be available some time around April-May 2020. If this will be a free patch to the game or incur an additional cost to players is not yet known.