Konami is "paring back" development of the next Pro Evolution Soccer game, releasing PES 2021 as a "season update" rather than a full game. In a statement on its website, the developer announced that the "sheer scale" of its next-gen plans for the series had caused the change.
The developer says that it is "hard at work on a next-generation football title," which will feature an updated engine with "more realistic player models and animations, enhanced physics, photorealistic visuals," as well as updates to myClub and Master League.
It goes on to say, however, that "the sheer scale of everything we are aiming to achieve for our next-gen debut has made it necessary to pare back our efforts in other areas of development. As a result, we have made the decision to launch this year's PES as a streamlined offering in the form of a 'season update'." The next-gen title is now expected to release in the second half of 2021.
Wherever you may stand in the PES vs FIFA debate, it's certainly not a great look for Konami's offering. With FIFA 21 set to launch on August 14 with a free upgrade to next-gen consoles, it seems like PES is likely to be left even further behind its rival.