Konami Waves Bye to Man Red, Welcomes Manchester United in PES 2020

Konami today announced that it has entered into a long-term partnership with Premier League soccer side Manchester United for eFootball PES 2020.

The Red Devils’ famous home stadium, Old Trafford, has been fully recreated in the upcoming soccer title.

And the ongoing collaboration also means that United’s current squad will be fully licensed and players have also been full-body 3D scanned into the title.

United confirmed on their official website that a ‘Club Edition’ of the title will also be available for fans at launch.

The Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain publisher had three United players — Scott McTominay, Diogo Dalot and Victor Lindelöf — attending the launch event on Tuesday and had life-sized holograms of their character models featuring alongside them on stage.

United starlet McTominay, 22, will also be taking up duties as an ambassador for eFootball PES.

“It’s a real honor for me, and I’m really excited to get the partnership underway,” the Scottish midfielder said.

“I’ve been playing the game a lot and the graphics look absolutely amazing.

“No matter what games we [the players] play, if it’s cards against Victor or a game on the PlayStation or Xbox, I fancy myself to be right up there!

“The best part of the game is you can play with your friends and you can bring a brand-new game into the changing room.

“Not everyone will have played PES 2020, so it’s going to be exciting for the boys and hopefully we’ll get some good matches going.”

Swedish defender Lindelöf, 24, added: “The game looks very nice. Even the tattoos on the players are very realistic, just like they are in real life.

“I love to play video games and it’s always fun to play with friends.”

According to Konami, the latest installment in its popular series will feature a new mode, ‘Matchday.’

The mode will link to actual soccer fixtures taking place and has players working along with others in weekly matchups.

Players earn points from winning matches that will be added to their team’s overall score and the highest-scoring sides and players will be able to compete in the final to determine the winner.

United legend David Beckham had his own Pro Evolution Soccer 2019-themed edition last year, with Konami confirming that the ex-soccer star will be a legend player in PES 2020.

Konami announced PES 2020 at E3 in June and revealed that it would be the first title in the franchise to adopt the ‘eFootball’ name change.

PES 2020 is slated to launch on September 10 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

For more on PES 2020, check out Hardcore Gamer’s E3 preview.