Konami is doing a very smart thing by nailing down an exclusive agreement with the UEFA. It will certainly keep PES alive and kicking for years to come. Check out the official announcement details below.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.– Konami Digital Entertainment Inc., announced it has extended its exclusive agreement with UEFA for the use of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League competitions in its Pro Evolution Soccer series.
The publisher has also bolstered various licences for use within its forthcoming PES 2013 title, with the Spanish league licensed in its entirety, while all the clubs from Italy's highest league are also included. KONAMI has also sourced individual agreements with Manchester United, Bayern Munich, FC Porto, AEK Athens, Galatasaray Istanbul, Shahktar Donetsk, FC Kopenhagen, Zenit St Petersburg, CSKA Moscow, RSC Anderlecht, Dinamo Kyiv and Dinamo Zagreb among many others. Overall, 150 licensed teams are now available, with 17 more licensed national squads added, including the likes of England, Italy, Germany and France. Details on additional licences will follow.
"We are thrilled to continue our relationship with UEFA to bring The UEFA Champions League back to PES 2013 exclusively," said George Richard, Vice President Sales & Marketing for Konami Digital Entertainment. "As PES 2013 continues to innovate with new gameplay features, such as PES FullControl (FC), it's important to align ourselves with the most respected club competition in the world and allow players to showcase their individuality on the biggest stage."
PES 2013 will be available in retail stores nationwide this September on PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360®. PlayStation®2, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable), Wii™ and Nintendo 3DS™ will be released later in the fall.
For more information, please visit www.konami-pes2013.com or www.facebook.com/pes.