PES 2022 demo uses Unreal Engine – free to play now on PS4, PS5 and Xbox

PES 2022 demo uses Unreal Engine – free to play now on PS4, PS5 and Xbox

New Football Game Online Performance Test may not sound that exciting but it’s an impressive playable demo for Konami’s new football game.

After days of speculation about a new Silent Hill, Konami has finally announced a new game, sort of, with the release of the peculiarly named New Football Game Online Performance Test on last and current gen consoles.

The demo is clearly of the next version of Pro Evolution Soccer, but whether the placeholder name implies the series is getting a rebranding or not is unclear.

Available until July 8, the demo is currently available to download for free on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, and PlayStation 5 – and you don’t even need to have Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus to play it.

There famously wasn’t a new Pro Evolution Soccer game last year, just a minor update to the previous year’s version, with Konami admitting they needed a year off in order to make substantial changes to the formula, including starting to use Unreal Engine.

That seems very wise given how stagnant some sports franchises can get (with the disaster of WWE Wrestling in the last few years being the worst example) but it’s still not clear exactly how different the new PES will be.

Konami has offered little context for demo, warning that its sole purpose is to ‘check the quality of online matchmaking and connection to the servers’. Players are advised to ignore the graphics and gameplay, or at least not complain about them, as they’re not necessarily indicative of the final game.

The demo features four teams (Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Juventus, and Barcelona) and includes cross-gen play, but not cross-play between PlayStation and Xbox formats.

The interface has improved quite a bit, but it still plays much slower than FIFA. There are a few control changes, such as dash on R2 instead of R1, but according to Konami things like that aren’t necessarily going to be the same in the final game.

One of the hoardings in the demo claims an announcement is coming on July 21 and to follow @officialpes, although weirdly there’s currently nothing about the demo on that Twitter account or the main Konami one.

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