Women's football is more popular than ever, with the continuing 2019 World Cup attracting worldwide audiences. While EA added women's teams back in FIFA 16 to a restricted ability, PES has completely eschewed the women's game so far. Publisher Konami has now verified that the PES 2020 position will proceed.
"I personally promote the women's game and follow the World Cup carefully," said Lennart Bobzien, European brand manager of the series, in a declaration to GameSpot. "We have no plans to incorporate females into eFootball PES 2020 at the moment, however."
EA's series holds the licensing rights to feature the FIFA World Cup competitions — for both men's and women's teams — so the tournament wasn't officially featured in PES.
However, seeing the women's game not represented at all in PES is disappointing, considering that the sport is now more popular than ever. For instance, Tuesday's semi-final of the England v. USA World Cup had the highest peak audience of any TV show in the UK this year, with 11.7 million people tuning in to BBC One at the same time— a 50.8 percent share of audience. Women's football may have a greater standard and enjoyed more press coverage than ever before.
In 2018, Manchester United, the newly unveiled partner club of PES 2020, introduced themselves a women's squad. The upcoming season, after being promoted last term, will see them compete in the top division of English women's soccer, the Women's Super League.
PES 2020 is launching on September 10 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. A demo version that contains the kinds of online and offline matches as well as the edit mode of the game will be launched on July 30. Stay tuned for a complete gameplay preview of PES 2020 to GameSpot.