According to the latest statements released by Konami, despite eFootball PES 2021 will be released as a season update, the title will still be considered a stand-alone and will not be limited to being a simple update of eFootball PES 2020. The game will look like a stand-alone package, which will update player data and rosters featured in eFootball PES 2020 with some leagues, as well as including content € 2020 of the game. However, the basic structure and atmosphere of the game will be identical to what we have been used to. The next episode of the eFootball PES series will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC (Steam) starting from the next September 15th at the price of 29,99 €.
eFootball PES 2021 so it will be an updated version of the title eFootball PES 2020, with new data and squads available for all players. Due to the fact that many leagues will finish late, the latest updates for some licensed leagues and teams will be available through a patch that will be released on day one. Here is the statement of Jonas Lygaard, Senior Director Brand & Business Development of Konami Digital Entertainment BV :
While we are working to create the foundation for what eFootball PES will be in the future, it is important for us to take into account what we have done in the past and continue to strive to improve every aspect of the game. PES 2021 will offer our fans the gameplay that has allowed us to win prestigious awards, new season updates and exclusive teams and content at an affordable price. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our players and our loyal communities for their support in this time of transition from the current generation of hardware to the new game engine that will redefine the concept of football simulation.
For eFootball PES 2022, the title will be created using Unreal Engine, thus ending the series' long association with the graphics engine FOX di Konami. Konami said using the Unreal Engine will allow developers to dramatically improve all areas of the game. The models and animations will certainly be more realistic, and the physics will also be improved. In addition, the myClub and Master League modes will also receive "big updates" in the next generation title.