PES 2022's release date is coming over the horizon!
You can bet your bottom dollar that myClub will be returning for another year.
So, check out eveything we know so far about myClub in PES 2022 below.
Latest - PES 2022 could be going free-to-play
While there is no solid confirmation yet, signs are pointing towards PES 2022 being free to play.
As Konami tries to re-establish itself as a big name in gaming, taking a competitive share of the football game market would be huge.
Whilst on the VGC Off The Record podcast, Andy Robinson notes that he has heard that Konami have a number of projects in the works whilst actively trying to change things up with existing projects like PES 2022.
He then goes on to talk about the free-to-play possibility.
PES 2022 myClub
You can fully expect one of PES' most popular game modes, myClub, to be returning in PES 2022.
myClub is a bit of a sticking point for PES, with the game struggling to compete with the dominance of FIFA Ultimate Team.
It's hard to see what Konami do to wrestle something back in this space - with perhaps utilising their range of international licences the way to go.
What is myClub?
myClub is, alongside Master League, the game’s most popular mode.
The goal is to build your super team, using whichever players you like for each position.
This will look quite similar to FIFA’s Ultimate Team (despite its differences) for comparison.
You compete online or vs the computor for game money (known as GP) to have better players/managers and renew your team’s contracts.
The more you play, the more experienced your players will be - which will result in higher stats.
Players have weekly condition rating updates - if they performed well in real life, they have an increased likelihood of performing well here (known as "Form" in Pro Evolution Soccer).
This makes things more challenging and interesting and allows for some diversity in the teams you face.
PES 2022 Release Date
It's hard to predict when PES 2022 could arrive, with Konami jumping around Pro Evo's release date in recent years.
PES 2019 arrived as early as 28 August, but we think, as football returns to normality - PES 2022 is likely to arrive on Tuesday, 7 September.
An exciting feature for PES fans is the new licences each year - especially after Konami secured Juventus for PES 2020.
Since then, the title has secured exclusive rights for Roma - and has partner deals with plenty of other clubs, including Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Arsenal.
We weren't expecting an announcement so early, but Napoli has become the first club to sign-on for PES 2022, in a licence agreement that will become exclusive from the 2022/23 season (PES 2023).
Napoli becomes the fourth Italian club after Juventus, Roma and Lazio to become a partner club, with an agreement also in place with the Italian Football Federation.
Konami has also secured the naming rights for Napoli's training centre, which will feature a brand new gaming area for players and guests.
Atalanta join the party!
Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. has announced that the company has signed a long-term, exclusive partnership agreement with Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio (Atalanta), the top-tier Italian football club who recently finished the season in third place.
As “Official Video Game Partner”, Konami has secured exclusive rights to the use of the Atalanta license, including team name, crest and kits, within real-time football simulation games, starting with the 2021/22 football season.
This exclusive deal means that FIFA 22 will no longer include the official Atalanta team name, crest, kits and player names.