eEURO 2020 final to take place in May despite PES update delay

Konami Digital Entertainment B.V., the official EURO video game licensing partner, has recently announced that the update for UEFA EURO 2020 downloadable content (DLC) for eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer (PES 2020), due on April 30, has been postponed “until further notice”. It’s an expected move, given that the global health crisis has forced the actual tournament to be postponed until 2021.

In that update pack, all 55 UEFA national teams will be featured in the DLC, with their latest kits and squads. They’re also adding Wembley Stadium to the game, which is the setting of the Euro 2020 final. Saint Petersburg Stadium has also been recreated for the update to the game. Euro 2020 is still on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One

“With the latest state of emergency declared in Japan, the original April 30 release date for the DLC is no longer possible,” the company’s statement reads. Additionally, the physical version of the video game with a UEFA Euro 2020 cover for PlayStation 4 has also been scrapped. However, Konami has stated that the DLC will still be released as planned, and will be made available via a future Data Pack.

While this edition will no longer being released, Konami re-emphasised that anyone who purchases PES 2020 going forward, or already owns it, will receive the Euro 2020 content for free as and when it eventually releases.  Fortunately, the two stadiums for the cup alongside a special face pack that was promised will be added in a Data Pack on all platforms.

Despite the update delay, the company says that it has confirmed with DLC and UEFA that the official eEURO 2020 esportstournament will still continue this year. Earlier, the eEURO 2020 group stage has concluded, with the ten group winners advancing to the final tournament, while the ten group runners-up contest on play-off stage to determine the other six teams to qualify in the finals.

The said eEuro 2020 esports tournament, due to take place in London in July, has now been pulled forward and will be a virtual event for the rest of its rounds, with the final taking place from May 23 to 24. Whether this tournament will feature the game’s Euro 2020 DLC has yet to be confirmed. Previously, the partnership between Konami and UEFA gave the publisher exclusive rights to the Euro 2020 for PES.

UEFA eEURO 2020, commenced its qualifying draw in January 2020, is the first national team eFootball tournament. This tournament was played by professional Esports gamers, between two and four gamers, that represent their national team through the nomination of each participating National Association. These teams were divided into ten groups.

Over the last four Mondays of March, the group stage took place, with 55 competing countries competed for the first ten eEURO 2020 spot. After the series of matches that concluded over the weekend, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania and Serbia are through.