The semifinals for UEFA Euro 2016 are set with Wales taking on Portugal and Germany matching up with France today at 3 p.m. ET. So it seems only logical that Konami would capitalize on the soccer - er, futbol - excitement by announcing a release date for Pro Evolution Soccer 2017. It will be out on September 13.
The date gives the popular franchise a two-week head start on it main competition, EA's FIFA 17, which comes out on September 27. PES will be released for PS4 and Xbox One for $59.99 (as well as Xbox 360, PS3 and PC for $39.99), which is also a bonus to soccer fans, given that FIFA 17 will be out first only on Xbox One because of an exclusivity deal with Microsoft.
PES has traditionally been outmatched by its FIFA counterpart, given that EA has Premier League licenses and lots of extra cash. But in recent years, the series has evolved to use the Fox Engine and commenters seem to feel that PES continues to make strides in the gameplay where it matters most, while FIFA has gotten a bit stale. That has not kept FIFA, however, from consistently being on of the top-selling console titles each year.
EA Sports may realize it could be losing some ground as it has updated FIFA 17 to use the Frostbite engine, while adding a new story mode called The Journey to the game. It will be interesting to see if the latest pitch battle between the two franchises continues to tilt in PES's favor.