PES 2017 was one of the best Pro Evo games yet, receiving rave reviews when it came out last year, which has naturally left a lot of people very excited about what’s on the way from PES 2018. Still, the Pro Evo series is lagging behind FIFA in both sales and a few key gameplay features, so there’s plenty of room for improvement when the inevitable PES 18 appears later this year.
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PES 2018 UK release date: When is PES 18 coming out?
PES 2018 UK release date: 14 September 2017
Get ready for a mid-September release! PES 18 will be available on 14 September.
Ahead of its release there will be a demo for PS4 and Xbox One, which will be available from 30 August. It includes high-profile teams such as Liverpool and Barcelona, as well as the national sides for Brazil, Argentina and Germany. You can also try exhibition and co-op, and stadiums Camp Nou and Signal Iduna Park.
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PES 2018 price: How much will PES 18 cost?
As is pretty standard for major console releases these days, we expect PES 2018 to launch with an RRP of £49.99 – in line with what PES 2017 cost when it launched last year.
Prices may vary by platform however (PC games typically tend to cost less than their console equivalents), and different retailers will no doubt offer different discounts and promotions, so shop around if you want to find the best deal – or keep an eye on our selection of the best games deals.
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We also expect to see at least a couple of different versions of the game, with extra bonuses and features included in the deluxe versions, and potentially some pre-orders too. We’ll update this page when we know more.
Finally, if you missed it you can buy PES 2017 from Amazon right now, with current prices starting at £27, a pretty major reduction from launch.
PES 2018 platforms: What consoles is PES 18 on?
PES 2018 will launch in September for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Great to see the last generation home consoles getting the game. Doesn’t look like it will make it to the Nintendo Switch though, sadly.
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PES 2017 has PS4 Pro support, meaning that the next game almost certainly will too. It could also support the Xbox One Scorpio when that launches later this year – either at launch, or with a patch if the game comes out before the updated console, as happened with the PS4 Pro in 2016.
PES 2018 features
PES 2018 to feature David Beckham
Konami has confirmed that David Beckham will make an appearance in PES 2018, in the form of a PES 2018 Legend. But if you thought you’d only get to play as one variant of Golden Balls, you’d be wrong: you’ll have access to five different David Beckhams from important points in his career.
You’ll find two England team Beckhams, a Real Madrid Beckham, a Club AC Milan Beckham and an LA Galaxy Beckham. Find out more in the trailer below:
Our PES 18 wishlist
One of the major changes we’d like to see in PES 2018 is the same thing people have been asking for from the franchise every year: better licensing. The FIFA series has consistently secured more real teams and player likenesses than the PES games, and while last year’s game included authentic representations of the likes of Barcelona and Arsenal, there are plenty of teams that still aren’t included, and we’d love to see more of these included.
One of the other big areas for improvement is the PC version of the game. PES 17 has a markedly lower Metacritic score for PC than it does for console, and plenty of people have complained that it received a lazy PC port, dogged by poor performance and reduced features. Football games are always going to be more popular on console than on PC, but that’s no excuse for a substandard experience.
It would also be great to see PES 18 respond to one of FIFA 17’s biggest new features: The Journey. The new single player story mode proved a surprise success, despite some occasionally shaky writing, and it’d be great to see Pro Evo hit back with its own take on a story campaign.