Update: Konami has officially revealed the next PES entry is set to release September 15, 2020. Officially called eFootball PES 2021 Season Update, the pre-order page (opens in new tab) for the upcoming release is now officially live with a special anniversary price and will include all of the latest player and club data along with an exclusive UEFA Euro 2020 mode.
The release date and official title come just after Konami announced that it would be shifting its focus on the franchise's next-gen debut with PES 2022, which led to the decision to release this year's PES as a season update rather than an entirely new game.
Konami is currently "hard at work" on a next-gen PES game that will take the franchise "to a whole new level" with more realistic player models, animations, enhanced physics, photorealistic visuals, and more.
"As the industry stands at the precipice of an exciting new generation of consoles, we believe that now is the perfect time to share some of our plans for the future of the PES franchise with you," Konami said in an official post (opens in new tab). "To that end, we are excited to announce that we are hard at work on a next-generation football title that aims to truly embody our core concept of the 'The Pitch is Ours.'"
The new PES game is being developed on with Unreal Engine to "dazzle you with staggering improvements to all areas of the game." Along with improved graphical enhancements that will no doubt make the most of both next-gen hardware, big updates to the myClub and Master League modes are also in the works.
Konami currently plans to start testing the next-gen entry in the PES series sometime in mid-2021, and estimates it will launch later that same year. While work is underway to take the franchise into the new generation with the PS5 (opens in new tab) and Xbox Series X (opens in new tab) on the horizon, the developer has also announced that PES 2021 (opens in new tab) this year will come in the form of a streamlined "season update" rather than an entirely new game due to the "sheer scale" of everything Konami hopes to achieve for its next-gen debut.
"That being said, we are still extremely confident that this year's game offers fans more than enough thrills to tide them over until our next-gen title is ready for launch." This year, 2020, also marks the 25th anniversary of the very first PES release, and to commemorate the milestone and show gratitude to players, this year's PES release is set to launch at an "affordable anniversary price" with several bonuses.