PES 2021 was a hit with the community, with Konami essentially repackaging the popular PES 2020 to concentrate on PES 2022 on Next Gen consoles.
So with all this time to concentrate on the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S releases, when could we see PES 2022?
PES 2022 Release Date
It's not easy to predict when PES 2022 will arrive, but we're fairly confident it will arrive before rival title FIFA 22.
PES 2021 Season Update arrived on 15 September 2020, three weeks before FIFA 21 which made it to consoles on 9 October.
Of course, this was a unique scenario thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, which also pushed back the start of European football's domestic season.
PES titles have released as early as late August in the past, and with increased efforts on PES 2022, it's entirely possible.
If we had to pick a date, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 looks to the probable date Konami goes for.
The game should arrive on all consoles - PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC - at the same time.
We usually get a reveal trailer for the upcoming PES title at E3, which is likely to be held entirely virtually this year.
The expo runs 15-17 June - so expect a first proper look at PES 2021 to arrive then.
That said, Konami has already given us a little teaser on PES 2022:
This teaser was released on 15 July 2020, giving us an insight into the level of graphics we could be getting with PES 2022.
Unlike the FIFA franchise, PES does not have an early access model where you can play the game early if you pick up one of the more lucrative editions.
PES 2021 did not feature a demo ahead of release - but this was down to the gameplay being the same as PES 2020.
PES 2020 did have a demo on the other hand, so there's hope we will get a taste of PES 2022 before it is released.
The dome was released incredibly early that year, on 30 July, so let's hope we get some summer PES action this year!
PES also tend to release a free Lite version of the game a couple of months after release.
PES 2021 Lite went live on 7 December 2020, perhaps tempting players to pick up the full version around the Christmas period or in the January sales.