Konami have announced that the upcoming UEFA Euro 2020 DLC for eFootball PES 2020 has been delayed. Originally planned for release on 30th April, the free content for the game has been pushed back “until further notice.”
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It makes sense on the one hand, since the real tournament has been delayed as all real world sports grapple with the coronavirus’ impact on holding sporting events. Euro 2020 has actually been delayed until the summer of 2021, but Konami and UEFA still plan to release the tournament’s DLC for PES this year.
The real reasoning is that the latest state of emergency being declared in Japan has made it impossible for Konami to release the update on 30th April. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced a state of emergency on 7th April in Tokyo, Osaka and five other prefectures, lasting until 6th May, with reports that he plans to expand this to the country as a whole for a similar duration.
Where developers in the West had already shifted to working from home, it’s seemed that Japanese developers have stuck with the cultural norms of office work for as long as possible. Nintendo reported earlier this month that they were continuing to work in their offices, but shifting working ours to avoid peak travel.
Hopefully Konami are able to adjust soon and put the finishing touched on the update. It’s probably quite important for the UEFA eEURO 2020 esports tournament to take place online on 23-24th May, after all. Online qualifiers have already been taking place since last month, but while the climax was originally planned to take place at Wembley, it’s now going to be a purely digital final as well.
In our eFootball PES 2020 review, Aran wrote:
eFootball PES 2020 may be a symbolic start of a new era for Konami, but it feels like not much has changed over last year’s version of the game. In fact, it might even be that last year’s version plays a shade better compared to this version. When PES 2020 works properly it is sublime, but issues on the pitch need addressed to really be considered worth upgrading.