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FIFA 18: EA just stuck it to PES 2018 in the cruellest way possible

The developer gave Konami no choice but to sit back and watch

PES 2018 maker Konami faces a race against time to replace Neymar on the cover of their special edition of the game.

The former Barcelona forward, 25, signed for Paris Saint-Germain yesterday in a record €222million deal, but played a crucial part of the PES 2018 marketing campaign – gracing the cover of the Barcelona edition of the game.


The Catalan club has strong links with Konami and is one of the few licensed teams in the game.

PSG, however, is more closely aligned with EA’s FIFA 18.
Sensing their time to strike, EA quickly jumped on the Neymar announcement and released a special trailer showing the Brazilian in PSG kit.

Konami meanwhile had no choice but to sit back and watch their former cover star be paraded by their rivals – while desperately trying to find another player to replace him.

Talk about ruthless.
Not that Konami is short of options. Gerard Pique, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen… the list goes on.

Plus, there’s an influx of new talent potentially en route to the Camp Nou.
Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Guangzhou Evergrande ace Paulinho are two players linked with a potential move.

The former, especially, would add substantial firepower to Konami’s marketing campaign.

The PES 2018 Barcelona edition cover will no longer feature Neymar

The PES 2018 Barcelona edition cover will no longer feature Neymar

Earlier in the week, the Japanese developer revealed that Usain Bolt will be playable for those who pre-order PES 2018.

The sprinter will be the fastest player in the game, which launches on September 14.

FIFA 18 meanwhile, kicks off on September 29 – and features Cristiano Ronaldo on the cover.

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