It’s that time of the year again when the two footballing juggernauts go head-to-head, and we find out the first tidbits of information about the blockbusters. In the battle of FIFA 19 vs PES 2019, which game will come out on top?
FIFA 19 vs PES 2019 – Graphics
While FIFA 19 is yet to be officially unveiled, it’s highly likely EA will continue to use the Frostbite Engine it adopted since FIFA 17. It’s the same engine used across many of EA’s blockbuster titles, including Anthem, Battlefield, Madden and NHL.
PES 2019, meanwhile, will continue to use the FOX Engine, which was initially used in Pro Evolution Soccer 2014.
Both engines are capable of producing some stunning detail, with PES delivering gorgeous facial detail while FIFA presents stunning lighting effects, making stadia gorgeous to look at ahead of kick-off. With both games looking better year on year, which game players prefer will come down to personal preference.
With PES 2019 now officially unveiled, we have our first screenshots of the game, which you can take a look at below (images taken via the reveal trailer, we’ll be grabbing assets ASAP once available):
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We’re still awaiting the first screens of FIFA 19, so stay tuned for our official comparison.
FIFA 19 vs PES 2019 – Licenses
Unfortunately, it’s been a bit of a tough off-season for PES 2019. Ahead of the Champions League final, Konami and UEFA announced that the two will be ending their partnership for the PES series to hold exclusive rights to the Champions League and Europa League.
PES has held the rights to UEFA’s competitions for the past decade and it’s a huge loss for the franchise. Until FIFA is officially unveiled, we don’t know if EA has snapped up this lucrative licence, but we reckon it’s highly likely.
The licence includes rights to all official match presentation, logos and the iconic music.
Upon the announcement of the deal, marketing director of UEFA events, Guy-Laurent Epstein, issued a statement: “Konami has been a strong licensing partner for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, with our competition brand being heavily featured within the video game and as part of the popular Konami-organised UEFA Champions League e-sports tournaments’,” he said.
“It has been a very cooperative and mutually beneficial partnership. UEFA would like to thank Konami for its tremendous commitment and support to UEFA club competitions for the last decade, and we look forward to continuing to work with Konami in the sphere of UEFA national team football.”
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Jonas Lygaard, senior director of brand & business development for Konami Digital Entertainment BV said: “The UEFA Champions League licence has given us a platform to create unique experiences and provide football fans from all over the world with an opportunity to enjoy this competition first-hand.
“This year, however, we will shift our focus into other areas. We will continue to explore alternative ways UEFA and Konami can continue to work together, as our relationship remains strong.”
New licences now confirmed for PES 2019 include Liverpool Football Club, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona and AC Milan, some of which you can find in the screenshots below:
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FIFA 19 vs PES 2019 – Gameplay
While EA is yet to reveal its big gameplay enhancements for FIFA 19, Konami has given us a brief tease of what to expect from PES 2019.
The debut trailer has revealed some snippets of great goals, as well as plenty of clips of the iconic David Beckham.
Take a look at the trailer below:
We’ll be updating this page as we go hands-on with the games at E3 2018, as well as delivering our definitive verdict once both games have been reviewed, so stay tuned to Trusted Reviews for more!
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