Konami's next Pro Evolution Soccer is now on the horizon!
So, we're taking an in-depth look at the PES 2022 licenses.
Why can't PES get licensed?
Konami has been working hard to secure the licenses to several giant European clubs!
There will, of course, be certain clubs to which PES can't get the rights to.
Current PES licensed clubs
As things stand, Konami still has deals in place with plenty of footballing heavyweights.
The flagship club is Juventus, who do not appear in any other game thanks to their agreement with Konami.
Barcelona and Bayern Munich have also been strong flagbearers for PES over the years, with both club's stadiums - the Nou Camp and Allianz Arena, exclusive to PES 2021.
If they were to secure another exclusive club, one of these would be the most likely - but whether Konami can get around EA's deals with La Liga and the Bundesliga remains to be seen.
Despite losing deals for AC Milan and Inter Milan last year, Konami did manage to secure AS Roma on an exclusive deal, with Lazio now also a partner club for the PES brand.
And most recently have signed an exclusive partnership with Atalanta.
Similar deals are in place for English giants Manchester United and Arsenal, but an exclusive deal here is pretty much impossible due to EA's relationship with the Premier League.
PES 2021 Partner Clubs
- Barcelona (stadium exclusive)
- Bayern Munich (stadium exclusive)
- Juventus (exclusive)
- Atalanta (exclusive)
- Manchester United
- Roma (exclusive)
- Lazio (stadium exclusive)
- Napoli (*NEW*)
- Celtic (stadium exclusive)
- Rangers (stadium exclusive)
- Zenit St Petersburg (exclusive)
- River Plate (exclusive)
- Boca Juniors (exclusive)
Other licensed clubs include Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke, Olympiakos, Panathinaikos and Shakhtar Donetsk.
An option file for PES titles allows you to download community-created kits and logos to the game, via a computer.
Where can I find an Option File?
Various websites offer various option files - from the Premier League, to La Liga, to divisions not even on PES games like the Bundesliga or MLS.
Some of our favourites include: