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PES 2022 likely to defeat FIFA 22 in race to Release Date

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We've seen our first announcement ahead of PES 2022 and we now can't wait for what will be revealed at E3.

That is likely to the first marker for PES 2022, but when can we expect to be able to play the game?

Latest - First licence secured

In a shock announcement, 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).

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Napoli is 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.

PES 2022 Release Date

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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.

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EARLY BIRD - PES 2019 released on 28 August 2018

PES titles have released as early as late August in the past, and with increased efforts on PES 2022, it's entirely possible.

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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.

Reveal Trailer

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.

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Early Access

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.

Demo

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 demo was released incredibly early that year, on 30 July, so it remains to be seen when we wil get a PES 2022 Demo.

Lite

PES also tend to release a free Lite version of the game a couple of months after release.

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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.

Cover Stars

It looks like we have got our first candidate to be PES 2022 Cover Star.

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LOCAL HERO - Takefusa Kubo would certainly be a hit in Konami's homeland of Japan

Takefusa Kubo has secured an agreement with Konami "similar to Alphonso Davies and Marcus Rashford" - who were cover stars last year.

Expect the cover stars to be revealed much closer to release - perhaps as late as August 2021.

For everything we want to see in PES 2022, head here.

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