With some confusion circulating amongst fans as to whether PES 2022 will arrive on the brand new engine, we're bringing you all the information you need to know 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.
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The team at Unreal Engine are keeping us up to date with all the latest developments.
In the trailer above we can see the level of detail capable with Unreal Engine, which would look fantastic for PES 2022.
PES 2022 Teaser Trailer
Unreal Engine 5
If it is in fact Unreal Engine 5, then that is massive news for PES players.
Bringing Holywood movie graphics to the gaming industry, Unreal Engine 5 is set to provide us with best console graphics to date.
The above walkthrough was showcased in May 2020, and shows the influence of lighting (Lumite) can have on Unreal Engine 5's graphics.
The other core feature is Nanite, allowing for high-detailed photographic source material to be imported into games.
So imagine getting a very different feel when playing at Barcelona's Camp Nou during the day, at sunset and under the floodlights.
Not only that, but Unreal Engine will also improve how humans look in video games.
Another video released in February 2021, shows us how realistic "digital humans" will appear.
If we get this level of details in the players in PES 2022 then we're in for quite a showing.
This feature is not exclusive to Unreal Engine 5 either, so even if PES 2022 is on UE4, it will receive a graphics lift.
Will it be Unreal Engine 4 or 5?
This is the million-dollar question really, with Unreal Engine 5 expected to arrive in "late 2021".
The only known title being developed on Unreal Engine 5 is Hellblade, which may or may not release this year.
Fortnite will port over to Unreal Engine 5 in "mid-2021", so there is a possibility that PES 2022 could get the full UE5 treatment.
The gut feeling, however, is that PES 2022 will move to Unreal Engine 4 - and perhaps move to UE5 in a few years' time.
Plus, if you compare the teaser of Lionel Messi to the "metahumans" in the Unreal Engine reveal, the Barcelona forward isn't quite up to the same standard.
That said, that was released six months beforehand, so there's every chance Konami is still working with Unreal Engine, and getting Messi & co. up to that level.
Despite Unreal Engine 5 designed for Next Gen consoles, it will still be supported on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Don't expect the previous gen consoles to have the same level of detail, however.