When Konami announced the recent iteration back at E3 in its long-running football series Pro Evolution Soccer, eyebrows were raised when the series ' name was changed from ' PES ' to ' eFootball PES. ' The curious shift in moniker has now been clarified by the European studio brand manager.
Speaking to Gamespot, Lennart Bobzien said,' Talking about Pro Evolution Soccer— in Europe, it was always a difficult one, and when we talked about this repositioning we believed, let's call it football, it's a European market[ so] we want to have football.' He continued,' We still maintain PES in the name of the product because we still think it's part of the legacy and we want to maintain it in it. The mixture is therefore going to be eFootball: PES.'
To put it bluntly, with the recent outing, Bobzien quoting the PES League and eFootball Pro competitions, there seems to be a greater focus on eSports competition. We just believed that by including it in the name of the product, we're making a declaration and showing our fan community, but also the broader audience, that sports are going to play a very large role going forward.'
This week elsewhere, Konami announced it is partnering with Manchester United for the new game, meaning as well as the obvious licensed kits and real-world names, the game will also include a faithful rendition of the most famous Old Trafford ground of the club. The PES series had previously partnered with the long-term rivals of the team, Liverpool. But this ended at the end of June, with Konami announcing that in official PES 2019 eSports competitions Liverpool would no longer be playable.
It is expected that eFootball PES 2020 will be released on September 10 on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC. PES 2019 was intended to be the PS Plus game this month, but at the last minute for Detroit it was mysteriously swapped out: Become Human.