PES 2021 Delayed: Will there even be a new Pro Evo due to Coronavirus?
With Covid-19 changing the shape of 2020, could the next Pro Evo instalment be in jeopardy?
Coronavirus is impacting every part of society, in nearly every country in the world – and gaming is included in that.
PES 2021 is set to be a huge marker in the history of the PES vs FIFA war – but will we ever get to see this battle play out?
PES 2021 Release Date
Although not confirmed, PES 2021 is set to arrive on Friday, 18 September 2020 based on last years release beating FIFA by a week.
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This could even come as a “season update” for PES 2020, with signs suggesting Konami is going to hold out for Next Gen.
Will PES 2021 be delayed?
As it stands, there has been no official comment as it seems a lot of developers are waiting to see how things play out.
Historically, Konami is quite good at releasing content and demos early as a way of getting ahead of the competition.
However, with E3 being cancelled, they will have to find another mechanism of getting the word out there about PES 2021.
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We know that the officially licensed PES 2020 Euro 2020 DLC has been delayed due to the tournament being delayed.
This will have been devastating for Konami as this would have really taken momentum into the new game, at a time when FIFA play slows down.
What about Next Gen?
Despite the Next Gen consoles targeting release at the end of 2020, the signs are already showing that there could be implications of the current situation threatening this.
A delay in this, along with a delay in the finish to the football leagues – could cause Konami to wait for its PES 2021 release.
Sony had pressed on with the slow release of the details of the PlayStation 5. Recently they provided the first big updates on the PS5 in a live stream, and soon followed that with the shock reveal of the PS5 Controller.
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So far, Sony’s position has been that the PS5 will not be delayed, however, there will be a limited production output this year.
The Last of Us Part II has been the biggest title to be struck down by Coronvarius.
It was initially delayed from 21 February to 29 May, but the Covid-19 outbreak has led it to be postponed indefinitely.
The Outer Worlds‘ Nintendo Switch version was due to arrive back in February, but will now finally hit at-home and on-the-go players in June.
Wasteland 3 has been pushed back from May to August.
Iron Man VR is another title, like Last of Us 2, that has been delayed indefinitely.
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