Konami took the bold decision to concentrate on Next Gen last year, and as a result, just repackaged PES 2020 as PES 2021 Season Update.
The pressure's on for PES 2022, so what do we know so far?
Latest - Release Date Nearing
With Spring starting to fill the air, perhaps a PES 2022 won't be too far away.
We are likely to get trailer news and perhaps even a release date at E3 this year, which is set to take place 15-17 June.
We have known for a while that Konami was focusing their efforts on PES 2022 for the Next Gen consoles.
Konami have even teased us with footage using the Unreal engine set to revamp the game which you can see above.
We know for sure that PES 2022 will be available on Next Gen consoles PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.
It is expected that the game will also be released on PS4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.
Despite Konami and Nintendo both being Japan-based, we are yet to see the series make the jump in Nintendo Switch.
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.
Could we see anyone new for PES 2022, however?
It's very tricky to say at this stage, especially with the complications of league licencing deals that EA has with the Premier League and Bundesliga.
If we had to stick our neck out, perhaps another French club alongside Monaco like Lyon could be a sensible shout - with the Groupama Stadium easily imaginable on a PES title.
PES 2021 Licensed Clubs
Here's a selection of the licensed clubs that were on PES 2021:
- Juventus (Exclusive)
- AS Roma (Exclusive)
- Barcelona (Camp Nou Exclusive)
- Bayern Munich (Allianz Arena Exclusive)
- Manchester United
- AS Monaco
- Bayer Leverkusen
- Zenit St Petersburg
- Shakhtar Donetsk
- SC Internacional
- Sao Paulo
- Boca Juniors
- River Plate
PES 2021 Licensed Leagues & Tournaments
Check out some of the tournaments that were available last year:
- UEFA EURO 2020
- Italian Serie A (Excluding AC Milan & Inter Milan)
- Italian Serie B (Excluding Brescia)
- French Ligue 1
- French Ligue 2
- Portuguese Liga NOS (Excluding CD Nacional)
- Turkish Super Lig
- Russian Premier Liga (Exclusive)
- Dutch Eredivisie
- Belgian Pro League
- Danish Superliga
- Scottish Premiership
- Swiss Super League
- Brazilian Brasilierao Assai 2020 (Excluding Palmeiras)
- Chinese Super League
- AFC Champions League
The handheld version of PES is usually released a month or so after the full game, and it’s free!
This means you can play the game on the go and never miss a thing.
One of the game modes that can truly compete with FIFA. Master League is right up there with Career Mode and can offer a more detailed and personal feel than the FIFA equivalent.
With an extra year of development, Master League could blow Career Mode out of the water later this year.
It's famous for its story themed development, and the ability to pick a footballing legend as your manager avatar.
This is a bit of a tricky 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.