Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 debuted in September to rave reviews. While PES 2016 couldn’t match up to FIFA 16 in terms of licenses, many critics agreed that the Konami-made football sim beat EA’s latest in terms of both graphics and actual gameplay.
Unfortunately, Konami hasn’t revealed any sales numbers for the game, but given that it’s one of the publisher’s most important franchises (right up there with Metal Gear) it may seem unusual that PES 2016 free to play has now been announced. It will be released on PS3 and PS4 next month but you can find out more after the break.
PES 2016 Free to Play Announced for PS3 and PS4
In a post on their official blog, Konami describes PES 2016 free to play as an “entry level” version of the game. Set to be released on PS3 and PS4 on December 8, this free version of PES 2016 will feature an exhibition mode with seven teams (including Bayern Munich, Juventus, Brazil and France) and it also features the “full version” of the popular myClub game mode.
In myClub, Pro Evo players can build the team of their dreams either by buying new players with in-game currency or paying for them with cold hard cash via microtransactions, which is likely how Konami will make money back from the game going free. Also, Konami is teasing ‘myClub Legends’ but there’s no info on that so far, just a teaser image which you can see above.
On the one hand, PES 2016 free to play is great news for FIFA purists, those who can’t afford both football franchises and for those who just haven’t made their mind up on which one to buy and Konami could certainly gain a few new converts from this. But on the other, those who’ve just forked out for PES 2016 in full may feel short-changed, especially if myClub was the biggest (or even the sole) reason that they bought the game.
PES 2016 Data Pack 2 Release Date Revealed
In other PES 2016 news, Konami has also announced the long-awaited data pack 2 (DP2). Earlier this month, Konami explained that DP2 would make up for the game’s roster problems at launch and for the problems surrounding data pack 1, the data pack that was meant to fix those roster problems but that too didn’t go as planned.
When it’s released on December 3, DP2 will add 51 player likenesses to the game including Fernando Torres, Kevin de Bruyne, Julian Draxler and Jamie Vardy (“further players will be added in the coming update”), and “the rosters will be updated for all offline modes, correcting those missing in the previous Data Pack and covering all moves made until October 19th”.
On top of that, DP2 will add the Estadio do Maracana along with a “unique pre-match intro sequence showing the exterior and surrounding city and passionate fans lighting fireworks and flares”. PES 2016 players will also get to see eight new boot styles, new entrance sequences for Copa Libertadores and Sudamericana matches and “the new Nike Ordem CSF and Ordem2 balls designs have also be perfectly replicated for use within the game,” says Konami.
Do you plan on downloading PES 2016 free to play? Or do you think that Konami’s decision is a slap in the face to those who’ve already purchased the game? Leave a comment and let us know.