Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 (abbreviated eFootball PES2020) is a football simulation video game developed by PES Productions and published for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
The game will be the 19th installment in the Pro Evolution Soccer series.
The new game features a name change with the addition of ‘eFootball’ within the title, symbolizing a push in the online gaming space with a focus on PESLeague and eFootball Pro tournaments.
Lionel Messi returns as the cover star of the standard edition, since his last appearance on the Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 cover, alongside Pro Evolution Soccer ambassadors Serge Gnabry, Miralem Pjanic and Scott McTominay.
Ronaldinho will feature on the cover of the legend edition.
Included for the first time in the PES series, there is a new game mode called Matchday Mode.
Players around the world will help their team to glory one match at a time in the new Matchday mode.
PES 2020 are coming in hard this season with more and more licenses being announced at Gamescom.
It is a reversal in an age-old debate between the two games, where EA has consistently held all the major club licences, adding the Champions League last year, but fans of PES has claimed that it has better gameplay, despite using fake names for many of its teams. Juventus, for example, were ‘PM Black White’ in last year’s edition of Pro Evo.
Now PES have announced the exclusive rights for the upcoming European Championships – Euro 2020 – another huge blow to EA Sports, who worked with UEFA on the Champions League and Europa League licences last year.
EA have only announced a deeper partnership with the Bundesliga this year, but still won’t have Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena on FIFA 20, with those honours going to PES.
In light of the news, RealSport has taken a look at the confirmed clubs, stadia and leagues in the upcoming, newly dubbed eFootball PES 2020.
Despite having the rights to Euro 2016 four years ago, it still comes as a huge surprise to see? Euro 2020 appear on PES 2020?. EA Sports secured the UEFA rights last year for the Champions League, Europa League and UEFA SuperCup – and we all assumed this would be extended for the European Championships next summer.
It seems that EA have eyed up new methods, such as their new street-style format Volta, to bring in a new audience, rather than focus on licenses, opening the door for Konami and Pro Evo to land a huge scalp with the pan-European Euro 2020, with the final at Wembley Stadium in London.
Enlisting the expertise of legendary midfielder Andres Iniesta has shaped the latest instalment with a focus on authenticity, translating his ability to find and read space, and unlock a defensive line with a new dynamic dribbling technique; the finesse dribble.
Renowned as one of football’s most entertaining players, Ronaldinho’s unique style of football is also coming to PES 2020, featuring animation sets that allow players to move like the man himself, using unparalleled technical flair and fluid movement to beat defenders, together with showboat first-touch techniques such as chest and back control.
Other components that have been announced include new first touch techniques, upgraded trapping mechanics, context-sensitive kick accuracy, improved ball physics as well as new skills & abilities. There are also new ways to defend, including the intentional foul and an adaptive player interaction system that recreates player personalities on the pitch.
The transfer market in PES 2020 will also feature a brand-new algorithm ensuring that transfers, fees, salaries and other elements are more realistic.
The beautiful game has never looked better this year, with PES 2020 introducing an enhanced lighting engine, improved player models, realistic cut scenes and replay footage, plus a completely new preset camera angle that offers a compelling broadcast feel.