Konami has been open in focusing development efforts on the PS5 and Xbox Series X | S this year.
Check out all the information we know so far about PES 2022 on the PlayStation 5 below.
Latest - Atalanta sign exclusive partnership with Konami for PES 2022
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.
PES 2022 Release Date
We don't have a concrete release date for PES 2022 as of yet but expect to arrive anytime from late August to mid-September.
If we had to pinpoint a date, we would be looking at Tuesday, 7 September judging on previous releases.
PES 2022 Next Gen Trailer
With PES 2021 just being a "Season Update", Konami wanted to show their commitment to the cause, by revealing a tease of what graphics would (or could) look like on PES 2022.
The trailer shows some cool footage of Barcelona's Nou Camp, as well as some close-ups of Lionel Messi.
Could PES 2022 follow NBA 2K21 and have different cover stars for the Current Gen and Next Gen versions.
It's a given that Lionel Messi will be one of the players gracing the cover, with the others likely to come from the other main partner clubs - Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Juventus.
Cristiano Ronaldo also lined up alongside Messi for PES 2021, but if they decided to go for a legend for the Next Gen or superior editions, it is likely to be a Barcelona legend like Ronaldinho, or perhaps someone who's played for both Barca and Juve, like Thierry Henry or Edgar Davids.
Unreal Engine 5
You will have seen the Unreal Engine logo in the trailer above, which spells great news for fans of the franchise.
Now it's unclear whether PES 2022 will run on Unreal Engine 4 or 5, but if its the latter - we could be seeing the best graphics ever seen in a sports title.
We would imagine Konami would confirm which engine it is at E3 this summer, when we are likely to get our first "proper" trailer.
The dates for the digital-only E3 are 15-17 June.
The massive draw for PlayStation players over Xbox is the ability to download a customised option file for PES games.
This is set to continue on PS5, after Option Files were available on PES 2020, whether they will have special Next Gen enhanced versions remains to be seen, however.
Cross-platform play is yet to hit the PES franchise.
At the moment, that looks unlikely to change, but Konami could follow MLB The Show 21's lead and enable cross-play.
This is likely down to the shortage of players on Next Gen platforms, so enabling PS5 players to match with those on Xbox Series X|S would resolve matchmaking issues.
Two new clubs joining the franchise?
There could be two new partner clubs that you won't need an option file for.
Konami recently stated that discussions were being had with two new Italian clubs over its esports series, which is likely to be part of a partnership clubs.
The early bets at this stage are Napoli and Atalanta, but for more info head here.