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.

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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hanashnash
hanashnash

I've played for 5yrs already and each of them got its +/- EA fifa got better managing mode and music but PES just rules in everything else.

6321466
6321466

koNAMI ISN'T AS GREAT AS fifa

snoLLI3
snoLLI3

i agree with saxxus. I also always played FIFA until i tried PES 2008, because FIFA 08 disappointed me. WOW, the difference is just enormous! PES is so fluent and realistic. FIFA is a bunch of robots running into each other... I've tried FIFA 09 now that it has been released and I like the new control system, but I'll still go back to PES 09 when it comes out, I'm sure

DeadStar_Orian
DeadStar_Orian

"I have seen Pes and Fifa and Honestly both games are good like em both but until Pes gets better licenses yes Champions league is awesome but where is the license for futbol Español REAL MADRID Italian JUVENTUS and much more i keep saying that for that FIFA is still the one i'm playing." Yeah, hey genius, the spanish and italian leagues have been licensed in PES for years now. Real, Juve, the whole leagues. France too, if you care. PES isn't licensed to the teeth but its not the backwater license hick you think for some reason. I wish they could license more than 2 brit teams a version personally...

jasopan
jasopan

Oh Well don't really care, I'll just wait for that mod that fixes everything.

glendaone
glendaone

does anyone know if theyve reinstated boot editing or atleast being able to colour them as you wish

captin_new_prin
captin_new_prin

if you ARE ABOUT TO COMPARE BETWEEN FIFA AND PES THEN YOU CAN COMPARE BETWEEN PES 2009 AND FIFA 2029 IF YOU U KNOW WHAT I MEAN ..M I RIGHT?!

SnoopyvsRyu
SnoopyvsRyu

I have seen Pes and Fifa and Honestly both games are good like em both but until Pes gets better licenses yes Champions league is awesome but where is the license for futbol Español REAL MADRID Italian JUVENTUS and much more i keep saying that for that FIFA is still the one i'm playing. By the way my 3 teams are in order: MANCHESTER UNITED REAL MADRID and JUVENTUS

saxxus
saxxus

I am hanging for PES 2009. I was once a FIFA die hard until I was convinced to try PES 2008, and I have never looked back since. It wasn't until I played PES that I realised what I was missing. What I don't understand is how people can actually say EA Fifa is better? When comparing FIFA and PES, 'Opinion' doesn't come into it. It's pretty obvious when you play the two of them that FIFA is very robotic, very arcade like, it just doesn't have the fluidity..I downloaded the FIFA09 demo and it just seems like EA developers just pulled out their engine and animation from years ago and put the number 2009 at the end of the title. And why the hell is the soccer ball so bloody big???? Now that I've seen the trailer for PES 2009, wow... :-)

JimStick1
JimStick1

Considering Konami are up against gaming and licencing giants, EA, I'd have to say that scoring the rights to the Champions league and couple of premier league sides is a huge feat. One of the biggest losses for EA since they lost the F1 licence to Codemasters. Looking forward to it!

Berzi
Berzi

Only two teams,what a misery,i am still sure that the bad thing in the game will be the gameplay,FIFA is better

naderynk
naderynk

I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY NOT LICENSE THE PREMIER LEAGUE all together, dont license 1-2 teams at a time, you guys already let us down in PES 2008 you need to make up for it, this game is the greatest football game there will ever be. live up to your rep !!!!!!!!!

megadisc
megadisc

i;m buying this games coz of ronaldo !

Rainbow_Lion
Rainbow_Lion

UEFA Champions Leauge mode!!! Can't wait for this! Just played the FIFA demo and it still has spongy unresponsive controls, so it's PES for me anyday

Kspeed_VSC
Kspeed_VSC

yeah scouserfuller9 youre right we have to say football and i apologise to all football fans for saying soccer.....FOOTBALL RULES....PES ROCkS!!!

scouserfuller9
scouserfuller9

@Kspeed VSC - No we don't call soccer the king of sports it's football that's the king of sports! We made the game we name the game just like the language they're meant to be speaking.

Duck454545
Duck454545

Those people talking about patches, can you download them for the 360 version?? I would love to play in a proper Villa kit!!!!!

Kspeed_VSC
Kspeed_VSC

American sports sucks.....Thats why we call soccer as the king of sports.....

Kspeed_VSC
Kspeed_VSC

Looks like FIFA continues to pay to the Premier League to dont let Pes have all the licenses of all teams.....I only miss the portuguese league and Bundesliga..... but PES still RULES... and FIFA SUCKS!!!..as always..

Sleepy_Anips
Sleepy_Anips

yeah..i agree with jarkavladimir. i download all patch at gamingaccess. pes forever..

jarkavladimir
jarkavladimir

why are you all crying about the kits, there are tons of patches on internet that you can install, they have kits, balls, shoes, everything, screw fifa maybe they have the original kits in the game without installing any patches but they can't change the crappy gameplay with a patch p.s. I'm playing PES 08 with all new kits and teams right now

KwasiAsiedu
KwasiAsiedu

I think Konami is only making EA mad. I don't think that EA will not be too bothered by Konami's acquisition of the UCL for now. It has not been included in recent FIFA series anyway as it's been a separate title like World Cup editions. I am sure that if EA had wanted to they could bought rights to major European leagues like their exclusivity they have with the NFL. There must be more stumbling blocks because PES has still been able to use some player names but not all club names. EA must not want the rights that bad from the looks of it.

ferid84
ferid84

i wish some1 nuke FIfA down for ever so that PES gets all the licenses of teams like the good old days, and why on earth ppl play a lame game like Fifa....

ferid84
ferid84

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ferid84
ferid84

that's really a small step in my opinion...makes me wonder whos fault it is really, the EPL demanding lots of money for those useless license for a game that benift those clubs at the end. or the lazy developers of the game itself. Last PES was horrible but still it beats FIFA by rounds...

gnrldd65
gnrldd65

No Arsenal?! That kinda puts me off...

malintenby
malintenby

I hope it's better than pro evo 2008. They seemed to peak at pro evo 6... .....oh, and football beats the hell out of ANY American sport.....

ganga_
ganga_

that's nice to hear, because it's complicated to change sth in the Wii version of the game. would be so great if they bring back the german league, but apparently the DFB (german football association) is only interested for too much money. too bad.

felipenet7
felipenet7

crappy and no fun american sports!!

felipenet7
felipenet7

crappy and no fun american sports!!

moph_dog
moph_dog

Way to go Konami, really stepping up the licensing mantle! If they pay that much attention to creating playable online and an engine that *feels* next-gen, I think we will all be winners!

adamt2828
adamt2828

thomas10soa ur 100% right!!!:D football is way better than all of the crappy american sports

GuNNerWiLLiAMS
GuNNerWiLLiAMS

United had to be one of the licenced teams what with the Champions league being licensed and them being the holders. It's a shame Komani couldn't get the licence for all 4 of the english clubs that will represent england this season.

YoJim8obaJoe
YoJim8obaJoe

Football sucks,it been dragging our economy and reputation down for years

thomas10soa
thomas10soa

YEAH FOOTBALL IS THE BEST SPORT IN WORLD BETTER THAN ALL THAT AMERICAN FOOTBALL CRAP

tretcharuss
tretcharuss

Man I wish would be available in the USA the same time as the UK version.

bobbydazzler87
bobbydazzler87

Yer that is a point! I love the Champions league and they will no doubt have the champions theme to go with it which will be amazing. Does anyone know if the champions league will be apart of the masters league as usual or just a stand alone mode....or both. I presume they will want to milk this license for eveything they can so i guess both...i hope!!! GET IN!

DannyBoyVai
DannyBoyVai

Great news, what a coo from Konami. With the ability to draft in your own emblems and stuff from your PC to console, the whole licensing thing is a pointless argument. You can have all the correct stuff you want in PES, and coupling that with a great Champions league mode and the smoothest most flowing game of footy around, that's one hell of a big draw. Cannot wait to get my hands on this and wash away the bitter taste of PES08.

StylezT220
StylezT220

If the champions league theme song plays during the in game tournament that would be oerfect for creating the atmosphere

bobbydazzler87
bobbydazzler87

I dont think so supa badman. I'm a Liverpool Fan and i'm really exited about playing with them at anfield but if they were not on the game, so what. I love the game cos its great and i'd still be happy playing at the red couldren if that was the case. All about the game play for me. Role on October!

supa_badman
supa_badman

so they didnt have united or liverpool? lame. sometimes having your favorite team and playing as them is sometimes better than just gameplay itself.

Petri87
Petri87

Liverpool is the only team i wanted to play. Hope that PES 09 will have a bigger edit feature then last year. The kit you had was pretty slim on the 360 compared to the PSP version. BTW are Man U and liverpool in addition to the ones last year or are they the only ones from Premier LEague?