Since its release in September 2015, Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 has received two big roster updates in the form of Data Packs 1 and 2. While the game’s publisher Konami was forced to apologise when DP1 feature an incomplete roster, DP2 more than made up for it adding the Estadio do Maracana and 51 player likenesses (including Fernando Torres and Kevin de Bruyne).
Following DP2’s release, Konami has been working on PES 2016 Data Pack 3. And as football fans salivate over which players, kits and stadiums DP3 might bring, it has now been announced that Croatian football club Dinamo Zagreb has been officially licensed for the game and will be available in the next PES update.
PES 2016 Licenses Dinamo Zagreb
Dinamo Zagreb, are the current Croatian First Football League champions (they are currently number 1 in the league standings too) and are also the most successful team in Croatian football. The club is now officially licensed for Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 in a move that not only makes Dinamo Zagreb the only Croatian club in the game, but it also makes them one of the only Croatian teams to be featured in a football game in recent years.
As for when fans can expect the winning side to show up in the game, all that’s known so far is that they’ll be one of the main features of the next PES 2016 data pack. Konami previously revealed that PES 2016 can also expect EURO 2016 DLC to drop in the form of a data pack but it’s unclear whether all of this will be featured in the next one and if the data pack is being held back until closer to the tournament (EURO 2016 kicks off in June).
The lack of information and a release date is disappointing, but overall these big licensing moves should be seen as a good thing. In an interview with MCV, PES European product manager Adam Bhatti noted that although they can’t control licenses, the PES team hopes to beat FIFA in terms of visuals. Clearly PES 2016 is doing alright at both so it will be interesting to see whether more players take interest in the football sim in future.