Fans of PES 2020 are calling on Konami to tackle problems with the AI that influenced the last few games.
Gamers on the PES sub-Reddit, WEPES, argue that both PES 2018 and PES 2019 saw AI-controlled teams play precisely the same style of play that hindered replayability.
One fan writes: "I've been playing on PSX since Winning Eleven and never like 19 I've encountered a scripted AI like that.
"Very boring and unlikely high-level opponent tactics, if the CPU chooses to press high, the engagement has to be doubled in relation to the script factor we have to add the irritating issue of fouls completely in one direction, obviously only the reverse of the player.
Another gamer added: "Every year since the game left ps2 the AI has gradually got worse and worse. Scripting and liberty together with player choice.
"If 2020 is twice as great as 19, it still implies much worse than it was." However, not all supporters of PES were as damned.
One wrote: "If you have real AI issues, write down the matching specifics and bring it together to send to Konami.
"I also find it really funny that you complain about the AI in PES 2020 before you even play it, depending on how literally one tailor-made team performs..." In the meantime, the PES 2020 demo will land on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and PC this month.
Konami revealed that the free trial version of PES 2020 will arrive on July 30th Steam and console shops as the Japanese developer is looking to steal a march on FIFA 20.
The PES 2020 demo features Quick Play and Co-op mode as well as an Edit mode where players can build their kits and teams. The PES 2020 demo will feature 14 teams. These include:
- Sao Paulo
- Vasco da Gama
- Boca Juniors
- River Plate
- Universidad de Chile
- Plus three other teams to be confirmed
Expect Manchester United to be one of three additional teams, after partnering with Konami for the first time in three years.