The online beta may be over, but there’s still plenty to look forward to in the world of PES 2018,
Between August 22 and 26, gamescom – Europe’s largest gaming expo takes place in Cologne, Germany.
Traditionally, due to the size of the event and its proximity to the release of PES, it has been used to make some major announcements about the game. This year is expected to be no different and as a result we’ve listed five things to look out for from the show.
With the PES 2018 online BETA ending at the end of last month, attention has turned to the official demo as the community looks to satisfy their PES 2018 cravings.
In recent times gamescom has been where the demo release date is revealed, and PES global and product manager Adam Bhatti has confirmed on his personal account that this will once again be the case this year.
The PES 2018 demo release date has confirmed to be revealed at gamescom
That just leaves the question as to when exactly the demo will land. Last year the demo was released in Europe the week after gamescom on Wednesday August 24. However with show being a week later in the calendar this year, could the demo emerge even sooner after doors to the show have closed? Or even whilst it’s still ongoing? We’ll have to wait and see!
Partnerships & Licenses
Another area of the game already confirmed to get some attention in Cologne is that of partnerships and licenses.
Gamers arrived at the PES 2017 stand to find it decked out with a smattering of Borussia Dortmund’s lucid yellow colour scheme. it wouldn’t be beyond the realms of possibility for history to repeat itself, albeit with a different club or clubs as the Dortmund partnership agreement runs for another three years.
The PES 2017 stand was decked out with Dortmund mannequins last year, will a new club feature this year?
At the very least it can be expected that a full list of licensed teams will be published on the official PES website as has been the case in previous years.
As ever, details of which clubs will and won’t feature on the game has been kept close to KONAMI’s chest however it’s a shoe in that the current European partner clubs, Barcelona, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Fulham will be included.
Likewise Argentinian partner clubs Independiente, River Plate and Boca Juniors will be in the game as well as Chilean partner clubs Colo Colo and Universidad de Chile and both their fellow Argentinan Primera Division and Chilean Prinera Division teams.
Smart money would also suggest that teams used in trailers, pre-release codes and the BETA will also be included. These include Shalke, Atletico Madrid, Monaco, Paris St Germain, Inter Milan, Corinthians and Flamengo along with the Brazil, Germany, Argentina and France National Teams.
Although the Official PES Twitter channel confirmed that all Argentinian and Chilean Primera Division clubs would be featuring in the game, no mention was made as to whether the Leagues itself or any Argentine domestic cups would be included.
On the subject of cups, the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup trophies all featured in the E3 trailer, and with the UEFA partnership still ongoing it’s almost certain that their associated competitions will be included. Likewise the AFC Champions League, whose trophy also features in the aforementioned trailer, is likely to be in the game.
In terms of Stadiums, Camp Nou, Signal Iduna Park, Andfield, La Bombonera and El Monumental have all been officially confirmed and it’s hard to imagine that Atletico’s brand new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium won’t be included after featuring in the preview code.
Otherwise, it’s hard to predict the appearance of further Stadiums so will likely be a case of patiently waiting until August 23.
At the time of writing only an 83 rated 23 year old Diego Maradona along with Chileans Marcelo Salas and Ivan Zamorano have been revealed by KONAMI as being players.
The good news however is that it’s already been confirmed that more are due to be announced in Cologne although no indication has been given on how many will be revealed let alone whether the number will supersede the 30+ found in PES 2017.
Maradona is one of two legends announced so far… who else is on the way?
Previously legends have often revolved around partner clubs so don’t be surprised to see alumni of Barcelona, Liverpool, Dortmund, Boca Juniors, Independiente and River Plate included along with past players of any new partner clubs.
That said, legends are typically announced post release so there’s a chance that KONAMI have something truly well… legendary up their sleeves which has been saved for this headline expo.
Among all the buzz around possible announcements it’s easy to forget that gamescom will give those attending the chance to play a version of PES 2018 which has been previously unavailable to the public.
Although if it’s not been confirmed if the code shown will be the same as that shown on the Americas legs of the PES World Tour it is definitely newer, more improved code than the BETA and the European Legs of the PES World Tour.
Player switching, passing selection, goalkeeper performance and reliability, visuals, shooting etc – all massively improved already. https://t.co/Mco3AuyQW7
— Adam Bhatti (@Adam_Bhatti) July 21, 2017
Improvements to the Beta have already been confirmed, although bear in mind this is a personal account rather than an official press release from KONAMI
This means that as the show progresses, there’ll be plenty of quality content (including plenty right here on PES Fan) and impressions to see how good PES 2018 is really going to be.
A vague point maybe, but with gamescom being Europe’s biggest gaming expo AND with it taking place less than a month before the release of PES 2018 there’s every chance that something a little bit special could go down.
Last year for example, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Shinji Kagawa dropped by the PES 2017 area to take part in a match and meet fans.
Last year’s show had a couple of surprise guests turn up for a game of PES!
With the announcement that Usain Bolt would be in PES 2018 back in June it’s evident that KONAMI are willing to go a bit leftfield with their ideas. Therefore literally anything could happen out in Cologne so make sure you’re following our Twitter and Facebook channels as we’ll be out in Germany reporting on all the action as it happens.
gamescom takes place between August 22 and August 26 2017. More information can be found on the official website. PES 2018 is released in Europe on September 14 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Steam.