2016 is set to have more official licenses than any previous game in the long running series.
Global Director of Konami’s Football Division, Erik Bladinieres, was interviewed recently by Spain’s PESaurios publication. He revealed during the interview that PES 2016 is to feature more officially licensed teams and leagues than ever before.
Erik Bladinieres also revealed that PES 2016 will retain its “current licensed competitions, leagues and clubs”. This means the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League licenses will remain in the PES series. This is the biggest license that EA Sports’ FIFA series is unable to get. The UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League is exclusive to the PES series.
Erik Bladinieres said Konami will announce which teams and leagues they managed to acquire in PES 2016 later this year. He said “never seen before” licenses will be in the game. Konami is also trying really hard to improve the situation on its current Brazilian league license. They’re hoping to add more players and teams from that league in this year’s game.
The PES series has been overshadowed by FIFA in recent years. It looks like Konami is pushing hard to make PES 2016 more competitive by adding more official licenses.