Konami is releasing PES 2019 a full month before its biggest rival — EA Sports’ FIFA 19 — hoping to capitalise on the start of the new domestic season across Europe and possibly entice those football fans who are craving a new experience. Having opted not to renew its UEFA licenses, Konami is trying to make up for that with partnerships with new leagues and clubs in addition to putting the retired David Beckham in the game and on the special edition cover. With PES 2019 out next week, here’s everything you need to know including release date, special editions, pricing, licenses, stadium list, system requirements, myClub changes, and improvements to gameplay.
PES 2019 is out Tuesday, August 28 in North America and Thursday, August 30 in Asia, Europe and Australia on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. PES 2019 is set to be the first entry since PES 6 in 2006 to not release on either of PS3 or Xbox 360.
If you’re going to play PES 2019 on PC, you will need to know if your current setup can handle it.
PES 2019 minimum PC requirements
PES 2019 recommended PC requirements
Common specifications include Windows 7 SP1/8.1/10 64bit, DirectX v11.0, and 30GB free hard drive space.
Konami has created three different editions for PES 2019, all of which carry digital bonuses.
PES 2019 Standard Edition
Digital pre-order of Standard Edition comes with PES Brazil Legend Romário on loan for 10 matches, 1,000 myClub coins, and PES 2019 Coutinho theme for PS4.
PES 2019 David Beckham Edition
Digital pre-order of David Beckham Edition comes with PES Brazil Legend Romário on loan for 10 matches, 1,000 myClub coins, and PES 2019 David Beckham theme for PS4.
PES 2019 Legend Edition
Digital pre-order of Legend Edition comes with PES Brazil Legend Romário on loan for 10 matches, 1,000 myClub coins, and PES 2019 David Beckham gold theme for PS4.
The list of 11 PES Legend players includes Diego Maradona, David Beckham, Johan Cruijff, Roberto Carlos, Gullit, Cafu, Paolo Maldini, Pavel Nedvěd, Oliver Kahn, Lothar Matthäus, and Patrick Vieira.
As with previous years, PES 2019 won’t have a retail release on PC and will only be available via Steam.
If you would like a physical disc copy on PS4 and Xbox One, you can pre-order Standard Edition at Rs. 3,499 on Amazon and GamesTheShop in India ($60 in the US). GamesTheShop also has the PES 2019 David Beckham Edition on retail at Rs. 5,999 for PS4 only ($70 in the US).
Here are the prices for digital PES 2019 editions:
Konami is offering a 10 percent discount if you purchase PES 2019 in-game through PES 2018.
Konami has added seven new domestic leagues from Belgium, Denmark, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Switzerland, and Turkey. Their official titles are Jupiler Pro League, Superliga, Liga NOS, Russian Premier League, Ladbrokes Premiership, Raiffeisen Super League, and Spor Toto Süper Lig.
The seven new join Argentina’s Superliga Quilmes Clásica, Chile’s Campeonato Nacional Scotiabank, Ligue 1 Conforama and Domino’s Ligue 2 from France, Netherlands’ Eredivisie, Brazil’s Campeonato Brasileiro, and 32 teams from the AFC Champions League.
Beyond that, PES 2019 has partnerships with several clubs including FC Barcelona, FC Liverpool, Arsenal FC, FC Schalke 04, Inter Milan, AC Milan, AS Monaco, Celtic, Rangers, Corinthians, CR Flamengo, São Paulo FC, SE Palmeiras, CR Vasco da Gama, Colo-Colo, Club Atlético River Plate, Club Alianza Lima, Sporting Cristal, and CA Independiente.
Konami says it will add new partner clubs and stadiums after launch, with one of them being the Brazil National Team.
Thanks to its partnership with clubs, some of their home stadiums will also make an appearance in PES 2019: Barcelona's Camp Nou, Liverpool’s Anfield, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, Milan’s Giuseppe Meazza aka San Siro, Schalke’s Veltins-Arena, Palmeiras' Allianz Park, and Ajax’s Johan Cruijff Arena among them.
Other official stadiums part of PES 2019 are St. Jakob-Park, Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, Estádio José Alvalade, Estádio do Maracanã, Estádio São Januário, Toca da Raposa III, Arena Corinthians, Estádio Beira-Rio, Estádio do Morumbi, Estadio Urbano Caldeira, El Monumental, Estádio Alberto J. Armando, Estadio Nacional de Chile, Estadio Alejandro Villanueva, and Saitama Stadium 2002.
PES 2019 frame-rate and resolution
Konami is rolling out 4K HDR support across all three platforms, allowing players to make full use of more powerful hardware. You’ll need a PS4 Pro, Xbox One X and a 4K-compatible display to enjoy PES 2019 in 4K HDR while those with an Xbox One S can also enjoy the benefits of HDR. Konami hasn’t revealed the requirements to play PES 2019 in 4K on PC.
On PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X the PES 2019 frame-rate is 60fps with replays and the demo running at 30fps. The PC version of PES 2019 is locked to 30 or 60fps depending on your hardware.
PES 2019 myClub Legends
Konami has revealed the following list of players as Legends in PES 2019 myClub, and promises to release more soon. For now, they include Ronaldinho, Michael Owen, Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard, Steve McManaman, Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalgish, Diego Maradona, David Beckham, Romário, Gullit, Alessandro Del Piero, Pavel Nedvěd, Paolo Maldini, Marcelo Salas, Johan Cruijff, Iván Zamorano, Cafu, Bebeto, Patrick Vieira, Luís Figo, Lothar Matthäus, Roberto Carlos, and Oliver Kahn.
What’s new in PES 2019?
In terms of gameplay, Konami is promising more factors for dribbling animation and fluidity, such as player and ball positioning along the defensive line, precise feint movements to surpass around the sides and awareness of the proximity of the opposition while turning. PES 2019 also has Visible Fatigue, which is a reworked, rebalanced stamina system that affects how players will perform when tired.
Ball physics have been further improved, Konami claims, with a player’s posture and kicking style affecting the trajectory of the ball. Full body touch has been tweaked, with the surroundings now playing a part on the player’s control. PES 2019 is also getting Quick Substitutions – EA introduced them in FIFA 18 – as we noted in our impressions of PES 2019 demo.
Konami has announced several additions to its manager mode, dubbed Master League. Players can take part in the licensed International Champions Cup during pre-season, while specific league regulations such as the Split System used in Scotland have been implemented. Transfer negotiations have been improved, player development will be more accurate and realistic, and training focus can be aligned with team strategy.
New skill and player traits will be supported in player development, with roles such as Rising Star, Bad Boy, and Superstar some of the new options. Speaking of skill traits, there are 11 new ones in PES 2019: Cross Over Turn, Double Touch, Step On Skill Control, No Look Pass, Interception, Penalty Specialist, GK Penalty Saver, GK High Point, Rising Shots, Chip Shot Control, and Dipping Shots.
Master League will also have a news feed that “will host videos such as the press conference for a newly signed coach, winning a competition, being awarded an individual title and moments that highlight important milestones of the club you are managing”.
Over in myClub, Konami is introducing “Featured Players” which are chosen from the players that perform well in real-world games over the weekend. PES 2019 is also getting value improvements for in-game currency, duplicate players to facilitate a trade system, an increase in maximum slots, skill and position modifiers, and weekly rankings in PES League.
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