I feel it has to be said that I don’t think i’ve been this excited for a new PES game in a very long time. Maybe it’s the new trailer and it’s catchy music that Konami dropped at Gamescom 2017, maybe it’s that they showed off my favorite EPL team, Arsenal, who knows. All I can say is that I’m super interested in what the final product is gonna be like.
One of the few reasons most footy fans pick the FIFA over PES is because FIFA has more official licences, however Konami has been slowly closing the gap between them by signing new licences with more clubs and teams each year, making for a much more realistic experience. They announced their new partnership of Liverpool F.C. earlier just before Gamescom and that PES will feature a fully licensed and incredibly faithful reproduction of the Liverpool F.C. squad, and will offer a series of elements centered on the Anfield-based club, in forthcoming PES titles and related mobile games – the first being PES 2017.
“KONAMI is committed to working with the very best in modern football, and Liverpool F.C. is the perfect partner,” commented Jonas Lygaard, Senior Director of Brand and Business Development at Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. “With its rich history, huge fan base and dynamic style of play implemented by manager Jürgen Klopp, we look forward to working together to ensure that this fantastic club is perfectly reproduced in PES 2017 and all other future PES titles across home and mobile formats. We will get unrivalled access to work with Liverpool F.C. to ensure their players are brought to life in our products, and will also work together in future promotional partnerships as well.”
The agreement comes as KONAMI looks to develop its working relationship with the world’s biggest clubs. As an ‘Official Partner of Liverpool F.C.’, KONAMI will have unrivalled access to the first team players. The PES series is famed for its attention to detail and realism. Such access, when combined with KONAMI’s Team ID and Player ID systems, will ensure the in-game Liverpool F.C. side will truly replicate the team’s overall and individual playing style and those of its players. All related kits will also be replicated within the game, while Anfield – a true icon of British football – will also be authentically reproduced and made available to PES 2017 users within a forthcoming free update. The update will also see the introduction of all the players, the team’s famed ‘Gegenpressing’ playing style will be recreated, and Liverpool’s stirring ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ anthem will also be featured within the in-game chants and pre-match build-up.
Billy Hogan, Chief Commercial Officer, Liverpool FC, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with KONAMI, whose attention to detail will make sure that Liverpool FC is well represented and will help us to continue to engage with our fans in new and exciting ways. Konami’s ability to produce realistic football games that feature players that both look and move like their real-life counterparts is amazing. We cannot wait for our fans to see the Reds line up in the new game in all their glory.”
A legend of both English football and the world game, Liverpool F.C. was founded in 1892. They won the English league for the first time in 1901 and have secured it 18 times in total, as well as winning all major local honours multiple times, and lifting the European cup four times in its old format and, memorably, the UEFA Champions League in 2005. The club has been graced by some of the greatest legends in football history, with the likes of Robby Fowler, Ian Rush and Michael Owen amongst those to pull on the famous red shirt. To honour such illustrious figures, KONAMI will run special promotions within its hugely popular myClub mode that will allow fans to add Liverpool F.C. Legends to their home-grown squads. Full details of these will follow shortly.
PES 2017 will be released on September 15th. We look forward to covering Konami’s upcoming footy sim for you soon. Keep checking The Buttonsmashers for more details as they become available to us.