While most publishers rushed to have their annual sports games ready for the launch of PPSSPP PS5 and Xbox Series X, Japanese legends Konami adopted a different approach. The brains behind PES 2021 held back on making a next-gen version, preferring to keep that game as a simple roster update for PS4 and Xbox One. PES 2022 has been therefore been the company’s focus for at least 18 months. What does this mean for the PES 2022 release date, new gameplay features, and so on? GR’s PES 2022 guide, which will be updated throughout the coming year, has the scouting report.
Historically Konami has sought to pre-empt mammoth FIFA sales by bringing its game out a fortnight ahead of its big-bucks rival. PES 2018 landed on 15 September 2017, PES 2019 on 30 August 2018, and PES 2020 on 10 September 2019. With the series launching on next-gen, it’s paramount that the new game drops before FIFA 22, which GR expects to arrive at the very end of September. So we’re predicting a PES 2022 release date, with much social media fanfare, of the second week in September.