Pro Evolution Soccer 2019

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2019
Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 Cover Art.jpg
PlayStation 4 cover of the game featuring FC Barcelona player Philippe Coutinho
Developer(s) PES Productions
Publisher(s) Konami
Director(s) Yoshikatsu Ogihara
Series Pro Evolution Soccer
Engine Fox Engine
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
  • NA: August 28, 2018
  • WW: August 30, 2018
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Pro Evolution Soccer 2019[a] (abbreviated as PES 2019) is a football simulation video game developed by PES Productions and published by Konami for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.[1] The game is the 18th installment in the PES series and was released on August 28, in North America and for Japan, Europe and Australia on August 30, 2018.[2] Barcelona winger Philippe Coutinho appeared on the front cover of the standard edition[3] while David Beckham appeared on the front cover of the special edition. As well as this, Scottish clubs Celtic and Rangers have been brought to the game along with their stadiums, bringing the world-famous Old Firm rivalry to the gaming world in detail.[4][5]

In this year's edition Konami was promised to increase the number of licenses, which includes more fully licensed leagues and stadiums, and a variety of new Legends to play with. Until now the official championships announced directly by Konami are 12 Leagues which include the Ligue 1 & Ligue 2, Danish Superligaen, the Portuguese Primeira Liga, the Belgian Jupiler Pro League, the Swiss Raiffeisen Super League, the Scottish Premiership, the Dutch Eredivisie, the Argentine Primera División and, exclusively, the Russian Premier League. However, Konami announced that it did not renew its deal with UEFA for the Champions League, Europa League, and the UEFA Super Cup which they had for 10 years; the license is being used in EA Sports' FIFA 19.[6][7]


PES 2019 is a sports game that simulates football. PES 2019's Magic Moments feature is set to be the forefront of PES 2019's superior gameplay.[8] Konami announced that the International Champions Cup before the season begins has been added and they also announced an improved negotiation system and budget management.[9] Added a re-sell and clean sheet options so that strategy is needed not only on the pitch but also with club management. 11 new skill traits have been introduced that will help enhance player uniqueness, including edge turn, no look pass, control loop, dipping shot and rising shot. They also announced that player individuality has also been taken to the next level, where skills and strengths are more prominent in impact and motion during gameplay.[10]

Full body touch introduced last year has been further enhanced. How the ball is controlled depends more on the surrounding situation, allowing for smoother and contexual trapping of the ball.


Other features include a number of graphical boosts and 4K HDR support across all capable platforms.[11] Enlighten software has been used to rework lighting, both natural and stadium based.[12] Stands and pitches will closely mirror their real life counterparts depending on the time of day.

Kit unveiling[edit]

For the first time in history, a Pro Evolution Soccer game was used in a kit unveiling. Liverpool unveiled their new 3rd kit for the 2018–2019 football season by using in-game footage from PES 2019 via a post on social media. Liverpool claim they are the "first club to use video game graphics to launch a new jersey." [13]

UEFA licence[edit]

The Konami-UEFA partnership was ended after ten years.[14][15] The announcement was made in a press release posted on the UEFA website stating that "the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final in Kyiv would mark the end of a very successful and fruitful 10-year partnership between Konami and the UEFA Champions League."

Marketing director of UEFA Events SA Guy-Laurent Epstein said: "Konami has been a strong licensing partner for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, with our competition brand being heavily featured within the video game and as part of the popular Konami-organised UEFA Champions League e-sports tournaments’. UEFA would like to thank Konami for its tremendous commitment and support to UEFA club competitions for the last decade and we look forward to continuing to work with Konami in the sphere of UEFA national team football." While senior director of brand & business development for Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. Jonas Lygaard said "The UEFA Champions League licence has given us a platform to create unique experiences and provide football fans from all over the world with an opportunity to enjoy this competition first-hand. "This year, however, we will shift our focus into other areas. We will continue to explore alternative ways UEFA and Konami can continue to work together, as our relationship remains strong."[16][17]

Club partnerships[edit]

Konami have signed a number of partnerships with clubs to faithfully re-create the clubs including kits; fully scanned players and stadiums.

Continuing agreements[edit]

Previously announced partnerships between Konami and Liverpool,[18] Barcelona,[18] Inter Milan,[18] A.C. Milan and Arsenal[18] for PES 2018 have all been retained for the 2019 edition of the game.

Borussia Dortmund agreement[edit]

On 1 June 2018 Konami announced on their website that top German club Borussia Dortmund will not be officially licensed for PES 2019,[19] this is despite the club appearing in some of the promotional assets of PES 19.[20] Konami said "the license agreement was to the use of Borussia Dortmund's logos, players, stadium and other features in the Konami products until June 2020. But this agreement was prematurely terminated by Borussia Dortmund".

The Japanese company has however assured its gamers that the PES series will continue to provide new ways to enjoy football through new partnerships with various clubs and leagues.[21]

FC Schalke 04[edit]

On June 4, 2018 Konami announced a new partnership with FC Schalke 04[22][23] just days after Dortmund terminated their agreement,[24] as part of their establishment with S04 as a PES partner club, Konami produced a highly detailed recreation of the club's VELTINS arena with the use of state-of-the art 3D scanning technology with extremely high fidelity, detailed kits, player likenesses,[25] and a real-world shirt and ground sponsorship Konami states.[26] Alexander Jobst, Schalke's marketing director stated how Schalke was happy to have on board a world-famous games manufacturer like KONAMI. It shows the leading role that FC Schalke 04 have in E-Sports internationally. KONAMI is like no other company and allows our fans to play with the true S04 in game, he said. Brand and Business Development at KONAMI, Jonas Lygaard said: "FC Schalke 04 are one of the most famous and successful clubs in Europe and are working hard in the domain of E-Sports. That suits KONAMI."[25]

AS Monaco[edit]

On 19 July 2018 Konami announced a new partnership with AS Monaco.[27] As part of the partnership agreement, AS Monaco captain Radamel Falcao becomes an official local ambassador of the game and will appear alongside global cover star Philippe Coutinho on the French edition of the game. As well as kits and players, AS Monaco's stadium, Stade Louis II, will be made available after release via DLC. "This is a wide-ranging agreement with AS Monaco, which will see this illustrious club working closely with KONAMI across a number of avenues," commented Jonas Lygaard, Senior Director Brand & Business Development at Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. "In addition to working closely with the club to ensure they are perfectly recreated within the game, we are delighted that a player of Radamel Falcao's calibre has agreed to become our local Ambassador. We look forward to a long and productive partnership that will show the scale and ambition KONAMI has for the PES series."

Juli Ferre, AS Monaco Commercial and Marketing Director said "The growth of eSports and the reputation of the PES series make this partnership with Konami very exciting, we look forward to seeing AS Monaco players recreated within the new game, and our Captain Radamel Falcao featured on PES 2019 cover."

Celtic and Rangers[edit]

On July 30, 2018, Konami announced a new partnership with Celtic,[28] before announcing a partnership with Glasgow-rivals Rangers the day after.[29] As part of both partnership agreements, special, limited club edition of the game will be available and the clubs' stadia, Celtic Park and Ibrox, will be made available in the game after release via DLC.

Gordon Kaye, Head of Business Development at Celtic, said of the partnership: "We are delighted to be partnering with KONAMI at such an exciting time for the PES Series. The gameplay and player detail in PES 2019 is simply stunning and we have no doubt Celtic fans will be excited at the prospect of seeing the Double Treble champions emulated in such a realistic way." Jonas Lygaard, Senior Director Brand & Business Development at Konami Digital Entertainment BV, said "Celtic is a hugely successful club and we are delighted to be working closely with them. Our job now is to ensure Celtic's presence is perfectly recreated within PES 2019 and we look forward to seeing the fans’ reactions when all the work being put into this is complete and we reveal everything – more updates coming soon – watch this space!"

Rangers Managing Director Stewart Robertson said: "We are delighted to have entered in to this new partnership with KONAMI and are excited to see the club and the players perfectly represented within PES 2019". Jonas Lygaard, Senior Director Brand & Business Development at Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. commented "With this partnership with Rangers we add another massive club to the growing PES roster, Scottish football enjoys some of the loudest and most ardent fans of any league, and we look forward to this passion manifesting as Rangers makes its debut in PES 2019."


In total, 355 clubs are present in the game, with 293 being licenced.[18] This marks an increase of twenty-two additional club sides compared to PES 2018, with 79 more clubs being licenced.[30] Seventeen leagues are playable in game, fourteen licenced, along with the AFC Champions League.[18] There are ten additional licenced leagues and four more leagues overall when compared to the previous edition of the game.[30]

Official partners[edit]

Nineteen clubs are official partners of Konami.[18] In most cases, the partnerships enable Konami to include the stadia of the partnered clubs, as well as having player scans of all first team players in the game from these sides. Twelve clubs are continuing their partnership deals from previous seasons: Milan, Alianza Lima, Barcelona, Colo-Colo, Corinthians, Flamengo, Independiente, Inter, Liverpool, Palmeiras, River Plate and Sporting Cristal.[18]

Seven new clubs have announced partnership deals since the release of Pro Evolution Soccer 2018, with PES 2019 being the first game of the partnership deal. These clubs are: Arsenal, Celtic, Monaco, Rangers, São Paulo, Schalke 04 and Vasco da Gama.[18] Arsenal were licenced in PES 2018, without a partnership deal, while Monaco, São Paulo, Schalke 04 and Vasco da Gama were licenced in the previous game as part of their league's licence deal.[30] Celtic were last featured as a licenced club in PES 2014; Rangers in PES 2012.

Celtic and Rangers (both Scottish Premiership), Colo-Colo (Chilean Primera División), Corinthians, Flamengo, Palmeiras, São Paulo and Vasco da Gama (all Campeonato Brasileiro Série A), Independiente and River Plate (both Argentine Primera División) and Monaco (Ligue 1) would have been licenced by their league's licencing deal without any partnership deal, however the partnership deal ensures that their players will have face scans and that their stadia will appear in the game – unlike other clubs in their leagues.


Twelve leagues are fully licenced in the game, with all the teams appearing featuring real players, kits and logos.[18] The licences for the Brazilian Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, French Ligue 1 & Ligue 2 and the Dutch Eredivisie are retained, with ten new league licences being obtained: the Colombian Categoría Primera A, the Argentine Primera División, the Belgian First Division A, the Chilean Primera División, the Danish Superliga, the Portuguese Primeira Liga, the Russian Premier League, the Scottish Premiership, the Swiss Super League and the Turkish Süper Lig.[18] The Russian Premier League deal is exclusive.[31]

The Argentine Primera División and the Chilean Primera División appeared in PES 2018 with licenced teams, but unlicenced league names, featuring as the Argentine League and the Chilean League respectively. Additionally, the Primeira Liga was featured as an unlicenced league, being referred to in-game as Portugal League, with fictional team names aside the Big ThreeBenfica, Porto and Sporting CP.[30]

Konami have retained the licence for the AFC Champions League, remaining in the game since its introduction in PES 2014.[18]

The English Premier League & EFL Championship, the Italian Serie A and the Spanish La Liga will appear as unlicenced leagues in the game, as with previous editions.[18] These leagues will, however, feature real players. Serie A, referred to in-game as Italian League, will have all clubs licenced, with the exception of Juventus.[18] Fictional versions of the second divisions in Italy and Spain will not feature in the game, unlike in previous seasons.[18] A newly added league was announced on September 4. The league being Thailand's Thai League

Other licensed clubs[edit]

Twelve additional clubs are licenced in the game without being partnered and without their league being licenced in the game. These are: Brazilian club RB Brasil, Croatians Dinamo Zagreb, Czech side Slavia Prague, Bayer Leverkusen of Germany, the Greek quartet of AEK Athens, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos and PAOK, Romanian giants FCSB, Ukraine's big two of Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk and Swedish champions Malmö FF.[18]

Argentine club Guillermo Brown, and German teams Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig will not appear in the game, despite appearing in PES 2018 as additionally licenced clubs.[18]

Official Club Partnerships[edit]

Fully Licensed Leagues[edit]



PES Originals[edit]


Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 has received positive reviews. On Metacritic, the PlayStation 4 version has a metascore of 81 based on 15 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[34]


  1. ^ Known in Japan as Winning Eleven 2019


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