Konami and UEFA announce new three-year deal

By Bees?! Posted on in PES 2016

Following yesterday’s teaser trailer, we now have the first piece of licensing news surrounding PES 2016 as Konami have announced a 3 year extension to it’s licensing agreement with UEFA – first signed in 2009.

As a result, the PES series will exclusively feature iconography and presentation elements associated with UEFA’s major club competitions. This includes both the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, which will be allowed to feature as both individual modes and within a larger season overview. The UEFA Super Cup will also feature within Master League mode.

Speaking about the extension in the official press release, Konami’s European Brand Director, Sean Ratcliffe said “The UEFA Champions League is the biggest prize in club football and we are delighted to have extended our exclusive agreement with UEFA to feature it in the PES series” before going on to comment that these are “exciting times for the PES series”.

He also mentioned the work with UEFA in creating the PES Virtual UEFA Champions League – a global competitive PES website, the World Final of which was this year played alongside the UEFA Champions League Final in Berlin. The two grand finalists of which took part in a special exhibition game in front of thousands at the Olympiastadion.

It goes without saying that this is great news for the brand with the UEFA competitions bringing a massive amount of realism into the game. In terms of PES 2016 itself, the host stadiums of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League were both included in PES 2015. Therefore, could it be expected that this year’s Final hosts – the San Siro in Milan and St Jakob Arena in Basel – will both be appearing in this year’s offering?

What do you think of the news? Let us know in the comments. 

 

 

 

 

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  • Richard_'s Avatar
    Richard_
    11th June 2015 at 1:32pm

    Nice to have these licenses but offline play really needs to be improved for it to have any effect. Personally find playing against the computer to be unrewarding and unrealistic.

    Need a strong offline mode for these licenses to have any value.

  • CultOfZurawski's Avatar
    CultOfZurawski
    11th June 2015 at 2:11pm

    Certainly, there's scope for making the CPU opponent have a bit more personality and give away more fouls, get men sent off but I'm very pleased that the big European nights in a season have been retained. Without them, the offline experience can be dull as they do give something to build towards.

    St. Jakob-Park would be a welcome addition if it's in, it's a decent mid-sized 40k stadium and generic enough to fit a number of teams.

  • danielrh's Avatar
    danielrh
    11th June 2015 at 2:12pm

    great news .... this will silence the scaremongers, this shows Konami's commitment to PES.

  • Richard_'s Avatar
    Richard_
    11th June 2015 at 2:38pm

    Originally Posted by CultOfZurawski
    Certainly, there's scope for making the CPU opponent have a bit more personality and give away more fouls, get men sent off but I'm very pleased that the big European nights in a season have been retained. Without them, the offline experience can be dull as they do give something to build towards.
    I do enjoy the realism of UCL games but I think there's a major problem with the AI playing style being so robotic, not to mention pretty easy even on Superstar level.

    For instance you can be winning 1-0 with a couple of minutes remaining and the computer is happy to pass the ball around the back four until the final whistle blows.

    Used to really enjoy master league back in the day now I can barely finish a season without giving up haha.

  • Basarili's Avatar
    Basarili
    11th June 2015 at 3:37pm

    Wow, will be the most expensive deal done for a mobile game only game.

  • Bees?!'s Avatar
    Bees?!
    11th June 2015 at 5:22pm

    Originally Posted by Basarili
    Wow, will be the most expensive deal done for a mobile game only game.
    where are you getting your insider knowledge from?

  • Basarili's Avatar
    Basarili
    11th June 2015 at 5:25pm

    Can't say or else Kojima might get fired... ohwait...

  • curdstar's Avatar
    curdstar
    11th June 2015 at 7:32pm

    What are you talking about Bas?

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