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30 Mar 2021

PES 2022 could finally win over Xbox fans thanks to Series X

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PES 2022 Release Date

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Unreal Engine

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Option File

Pro Evolution Soccer has always been regarded as a PlayStation game.

This is not only because both Konami and Sony hail from Japan - but the ability to use a custom option file unlock so much more on PlayStation consoles.

So what of PES 2022 on Xbox Series X - will it see a new wave of players arrive?

PES 2022 Release Date

No official release date has been stated for PES 2022 - but we do expect the game to arrive in September.

PES titles have arrived as early as August in the past - but this year we are putting our money on Tuesday, 7 September.

Demo

We are expecting to see a demo return for PES 2022.

We should see various teams and a handful of game modes for us to try out.

As for a release, we are expecting something in August - on 10 or 17 August perhaps.

Trailer

We've already had a sneak peek at a PES 2022 teaser, with Konami letting us in on the progress for Next Gen consoles on Unreal Engine.

The trailer arrived on 15 July 2020.

We can expect to see what Konami has been working on at E3 this summer - which is set for 15-17 June.

Unreal Engine

The exciting addition for PES 2022 is the arrival of Unreal Engine - specifically designed for Next Gen consoles.

We don't know if the engine will be Unreal 4 or 5 however, with UE5 not expected until "late in 2021" - suggesting PES 2022 will be on its predecessor.

As much as UE5 would bring Hollywood level graphics to the video game industry, there is no need for gamers to worry if it doesn't come out just yet.

UE4 still brings in enhanced graphics of "metahumans" which would take the likeness of the players on PES to the next level.

Plus, Unreal Engine 5 will also be rolled out on PS4 and Xbox One - suggesting the new engine won't be the be-all and end-all of top-quality visuals.

We won't really know the difference between PS4/Xbox One and PS5/Xbox Series X capabilities until release.

Option File

This will be the core area for Xbox players - as if Series X offers the use of an Option File then fans would be very excited.

That said, so far - judging on compatibility with PES 2021 - it does not look like Option Files will be possible for Xbox players.

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ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES - An option file allows you do download unlicensed kits

So, unless Konami can secure a load of new licences for PES 2022, it's unlikely Series X owners will be picking up the new game.

Konami does try to win Xbox players later in the year however, with PES 2020 and 2021 appearing on Game Pass in the last two years.

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