Whether players prefer the gameplay of FIFA
, the overall FIFA
experience is generally seen as more authentic, thanks in no small part to the series' wide range of licenses. Making partnerships with teams such as Barcelona
however, Konami are looking to close that gap. With that in mind, Konami have signed similar deals with Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool FC to become an official partner of the clubs, the latter of which must particularly sting for EA Sports head Peter Moore, who is a big fan of Liverpool.
Much like the Barcelona deal, the partnership will allow Konami unrivalled access to Dortmund and Liverpool in an attempt to provide the most faithful recreation of the two clubs possible. Beginning with a free update to Pro Evolution Soccer 2017
, everything from the kits to the chants from the stands of Signal Iduna Park and Anfield to the stadiums themselves will be recreated with the highest attention to detail possible.
An interesting tidbit related to the Borussia Dortmund partnership is that one of their stars, Marco Reus, will be gracing the cover
of FIFA 17
, PES 2017
's direct competition. Unsurprisingly, he doesn't appear in any of the media that came with the announcement, with the focus instead being on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Shinji Kagawa.
That extends to the new trailer Pro Evolution 2017
from Gamescom, which stars not only Dortmund and Liverpool, but also a few other English and German clubs.
Finally, both clubs will join Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Boca Juniors, Corinthians, Flamengo, River Plate and FC Schalke 04 in an upcoming demo for the game, which will kick-off on August 23rd in North, Central and South America with European regions receiving the demo a day later on August 24th. The full version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2017
will then launch on Xbox 360 and Xbox One on September 13th in North, Central and South America and September 15th worldwide.