eFootball PES 2020 will once again be the home of the UEFA license. FIFA 19 scored the exclusive rights to UEFA last year, but Konami has now announced that the next game in the PES series will be the official UEFA EURO 2020 videogame, as was previously the case from November 2008 until April 2018.
The exclusive partnership deal means that a free downloadable content pack will be released during the second quarter of 2020, featuring the national teams’ kits, crests and players before the tournament’s June start. The game will also feature all the national teams at launch. PES has also snatched the rights to both Juventus and Atlético River Plate away from FIFA 20 this year; this, coupled with the name change (the ‘eFootball’ is new) indicates that this will be an important PES release. Konami is also planning an esports tournament, the UEFA eEURO 2020 tournament, which will culminate in an event held in London before the finals of the UEFA EURO 2020 tournament.
The press release announcing this news included a message from Guy Laurent-Epstein, the marketing director of UEFA Events SA: “We are very pleased to continue and extend our working partnership with KONAMI. UEFA EURO 2020 provides an opportunity to build an even closer working relationship, allowing us to activate it in new and exciting ways, and to engage with our mutual fans around the world.” Jonah Lygaard, the senior director of brand and business development at Konami, also had this to say: “Our teams have pulled out all the stops to secure the biggest and best licenses possible for eFootball PES 2020; quality licenses that match the level we set each year when it comes to gameplay. The partnership with UEFA and the EURO 2020 tournament is a big win for our community and new users who look for fresh content throughout the year.”
eFootball PES 2020 will release on September 10 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.