Konami has already lost the Champions League – but it looks as though another huge licence is set to follow.
Borussia Dortmund, one of the few large teams PES has the rights to feature, will not be officially licenced in PES 2019.
Konami said it had an agreement with Dortmund for the club to appear in its games until June 2020, but “this agreement was prematurely terminated by Borussia Dortmund”.
As a result, Dortmund’s logos, players, stadium and other features won’t appear in this year’s game.
“Please be assured that the PES series will continue to provide new ways to enjoy soccer through new partnerships with various clubs and leagues,” Konami said.
“Thank you for your continued support of the series.”
The good news, though, is that Konami has announced a deal with German rival club, FC Schalke 04.
“The club finished second in the German league this season and showcases Konami’s commitment to bringing the best of the best from the real-life game to PES fans,” Konami said.
“We are very excited to be partnering with the world-renowned games producer Konami. The partnership means that Schalke’s position as pioneers in the field of esports is not only recognised nationally but also internationally,” added Alexander Jobst, the board member at FC Schalke 04 who oversaw the Konami partnership.
“Unlike others, Konami supports our transitioning of our main market football onto the virtual pitch.
“The partnership will also enable our fans and followers to play with the real team of FC Schalke 04 in the world-renowned game Pro Evolution Soccer.”
PES 2019 promises to take player individuality to the next level by introducing a variety of new skill traits. These include cross over turn, no-look pass, controlled chip, dipping shot and rising shot.
Players will also show Visible Fatigue, which will impact performance and behaviour.
Elsewhere, new shooting mechanics will take into account improved ball physics, player and ball position, and player skills and shot styles.
Thanks to ‘Enlighten’ software, true-to-life visual effects and 4K HDR is supported across all platforms.
Real time ‘Global Illumination’ lighting and shadows results in better crowd detail, real grass textures and the return of the popular snow weather effect.
It seems as though Konami still has plenty of tricks up its sleeve.
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