The last few months have seen both EA Sports and the Japanese publisher make a series of high profile announcements – and it’s the latter that has arguably come out strongest.
European PES brand manager, Lennart Bonzein, told RealSport:
“Obviously they have so new modes but I am following them and watching them and I would say this year, in terms of announcements and stuff, we are ahead. I’m not saying that because I am biased, it’s just a fact.
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He added: “We follow the product, we watch what that they’re announcing, what they are doing. We are keeping a very close eye on the game.
“To be fair, they’ve announced a few things, but they haven’t announced a lot – which is a bit strange in my opinion, because usually they are going out quite big.
“If you look at the July for us, it was very crucial for us in terms of our partner club announcements and it was something people did not expect.”
EA Sports announced earlier this year that Volta Football, a FIFA Street-like mode, would be packaged with this year’s game.
This was trumped shortly after, with Konami announcing an exclusive partnership with Juventus – causing EA to change the club name in their game to Piemonte Calcio.
To add more salt in the wound, Konami revealed they have won the rights to Euro 2020 – and will be providing that experience in PES 2020, as well as putting on a dedicated esports tournament.
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