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Looks like there's a free-to-play version of PES 2016 on the way

It's become a sad tradition for me. I play each year's FIFA and PES demos for many hours each, agonising over their merits and differences before making a decision, buying my preferred game, playing it once, and forgetting about it. If I'm really unlucky, I'll end up feeling pangs of regret when I look at the box again months later, just after I've busted a pair of jeans (probably in the process of rescuing an animal of some kind and being so tautly muscular) that I cannot afford to replace.

If the Australian Classification Board (opens in new tab) is anything to go by, I may now have a mid-point between "tediously limited" and "costs lots of my money". As spotted by MCV (opens in new tab), there appears to be a free-to-play version of Konami's football franchise on its way. Details are scant - there aren't any platforms listed, never mind the actual structure of such a game - but the idea of a package that offers chunks of PES' brilliant take on the beautiful game (opens in new tab) for free is certainly enticing.

PES has again languished behind FIFA this year, so this sounds like a neat, sideways-looking gambit to claw back some players who might be cleverer than me and don't spend all their money on a whim. Then again, Konami's recent record on microtransactions is less than great (opens in new tab), so let's not get our hopes too high before we see what's on offer.

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Joe Skrebels
Joe Skrebels
Joe first fell in love with games when a copy of The Lion King on SNES became his stepfather in 1994. When the cartridge left his mother in 2001, he turned to his priest - a limited edition crystal Xbox - for guidance. And now he's here.