Man Utd, Liverpool join PES 2009

Konami signs four-year deal with pan-European club competition UEFA Champions League; two Premierships teams joining lineup for 2009.

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Details for the latest instalment in Konami's annual football franchise, Pro Evolution Soccer 2009, were unveiled today. The biggest announcement was that the publisher has signed a four-year exclusive contract with the UEFA Champions League. The deal allows Konami to "use all elements and attributes of the competition to create an exclusive UEFA Champions League mode within the PES game," according to a statement.

Commenting on the agreement, Konami Europe president Kunio Neo said, "This deal showcases our commitment to taking PES 2009 forward in terms of licences and realism. The UEFA Champions League is the jewel in the club competition crown, and is just one of many innovations we have lined up for the new game."

Two of the top English teams in the Champions League will also be making an appearance this year. Manchester United will be playable, much to the delight of Cristiano Ronaldo fans, whereas those that fancy themselves as Steven Gerrard can play as Liverpool FC. Both Old Trafford and Anfield will be playable. MCV also reports that Wembley will also be available as a venue, thanks to a deal which sees Pro Evo becoming the official game of the England football team.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 will be released in the UK on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on October 17, with the PlayStation 2 version to follow on October 30, and PlayStation Portable on November 6. A Wii version is planned for spring 2009.

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