The underdogs for the battle of the biggest football sim of the year have conceded a penalty early on as Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 was launched with the wrong team lineups. Konami's PES 2020 launched on Tuesday 10 September, weeks before biggest rival FIFA 20, without a release day update that would have included the latest transfer window data.
Not everyone would have been complaining though, as Chelsea fans would have loaded up the game to see Belgian wizard Eden Hazard turning out for the Blues instead of Real Madrid. Just as Arsenal fans had forgotten that they'd let go of one of their best players for absolutely nothing, Aaron Ramsey was still in their team on launch day.
However, Konami was quick to apologise for their PES 2020 blunder and have promised to give 500 myClub points to anyone who completed the tutorial before Thursday 12th September. They hope the move will put them back on track for a solid season despite a shocking start.
An official apology from Konami read: "We have heard the community's feedback regarding the fact that the first Live Update will not be ready for launch, and we understand your frustration.
"As our way of apologising, we will be sending 250 myClub Coins for each day that is not covered by the first Live Update.
"Since two days will elapse between launch day and the release of the first Live Update, you will receive a total of 500 myClub Coins (250 x 2).
"Notice that to be eligible to receive these myClub Coins, you will have to complete the PES 2020 myClub tutorial before the beginning of September 12's maintenance.
"Your feedback is always appreciated, and we hope that you enjoy PES 2020."
With players beginning to get disgruntled by the repetitive nature of the FIFA franchise, this could be the season that sees PES take top spot. Pro Evolution Soccer has always struggled to gain gaming fans due to a lack of official club licenses, however that could be about to change.
Konami recently dealt EA a massive blow by announcing that they'd signed Italian giants Juventus up on an exclusive deal which means that PES 2020 will be the only football game that will include the Serie A champions, and one of the favourites to win the Champions League next year. A statement on Juventus' website reads: "The new and exciting partnership with Konami will see the eFootball PES series have exclusive use of Juventus intellectual property within console football video games, including the team name, the crest, and official kits."
They've also got rights to Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
Whether PES 2020 has done enough this year to knock FIFA 20 off the top of the table remains to be seen, but it's going to go right to the wire.
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