Konami has announced that PES 2019, the next entry into the Pro Evolution Soccer series, will be launching later this year on August 30 and will feature two editions, one featuring Philippe Coutinho on the cover, the other with David Beckham.

PES 2019 is set to feature an increasing number of licences including more fully licensed leagues and stadiums, club licensed partnerships, and a number of new “Legends” being announced in the weeks to come. The first Legend, that’ll feature on the special edition of the game is David Beckham with his present-day version of the famous England footballer.

As for the standard edition of the game, FC Barcelona star and global ambassador Philippe Coutinho will be on the cover.

PES 2019 is also set to bring increasingly lifelike player movement to the game giving players such as Beckham and Coutinho their unique playing styles in the game. What’s more, players can also use the game’s new Skill Traits allowing them to create “Magic Moments” on the pitch.

The game will also feature the previously leaked Visible Fatigue feature, that’ll impact individual players’ performances and behaviour during the match. Shooting mechanics have also been improved with better ball physics, player and ball positions, as well as skills and shot styles.

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Konami have also revealed that the game will offer true-to-life visual effects and 4K HDR across all platforms thanks to Enlighten software. PES 2019 will also see better shadows and crowd detail, real grass textures, and the return of the snow weather effect.

As for the game’s myClub mode, Konami state that it’ll see “its biggest revamp to date” thanks to a new player card design system which will offer “revolutionary changes” to the way players build their squads. This is obviously Konami’s attempt to overshadow FIFA’s incredibly popular Ultimate Team feature.

myClub will also feature High Performance Players such as Legend Players and Players of the Week which will feature temporarily boosted stats based on their real-world performance.

Earlier this month, Konami took a bit of a hit when its partnership with UEFA came to an end. In the press release for PES 2019 the company announced that it’ll be continuing its partnership with International Champions Cup and will bring elements of the ICC into its Master League.

Overall it looks like PES 2019 has been improved in almost every element, but can it compete with the likes of FIFA 19, which we presume will be announced later this year at E3?

More details on PES 2019 are set to be announced in the coming months including details on the David Beckham edition of the game as well as other licenses.

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