With Konami confirming that the Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) video game series is no more, and the series is being renamed to eFootball, Mirror Football took a trip down memory lane and rounded up some of the legendary players who’s graced classic PES titles.
Konami has confirmed that the iconic Pro Evolution Soccer name is no more, with the Japanese game developer renaming their latest release to eFootball.
Konami has announced that their new football simulation game will be called eFootball, and it will be released in Autumn 2021 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows 10 and PC Steam, with iOS and Android to follow soon after.
eFootball will be a free-to-play football game, with crossplay available across all platforms, which will be continually updated and upgraded rather than releasing a new game every year, following the free-to-play philosophy of games like Fortnite.
It’s easy to forget that despite EA Sports’ FIFA video game franchise being the current dominant football simulation game, Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer, or PES, video game series was the dominant game from around 2003 to around 2008.
Konami had the dominant football game across releases like Pro Evolution Soccer 3, Pro Evolution Soccer 4, Pro Evolution Soccer 5, Pro Evolution Soccer 6 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2008, but from the release of FIFA 09, EA began to take over.
So with Konami confirming that the Pro Evolution Soccer name will be hanging up its boots, Mirror Football have taken a look at some of the most legendary players who’ve featured in classic PES games.
All the screenshots below are taken from Pro Evolution Soccer 5 on the original Xbox.
So, in no particular order…