Pro Evolution Soccer UEFA Euro 2016 Cover Star will be the Wales and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, Konami have confirmed.
The former Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton forward will feature on the cover of the game as well as in many of Konami’s promotional materials for their marketing campaign. The cover star for any sports game is often a huge selling point, with EA Sports currently hoping that Lionel Messi will remain on board with the FIFA franchise for years to come.
Erik Bladinieres, European Brand Director of Football for Konami Digital Entertainment B.V, spoke of his delight at the player’s acquisition saying “Gareth Bale is one of the hottest properties in world football, so we are delighted that he is the face of our UEFA EURO 2016 content for PES 2016”.
He continues, “His skill and ability make him the perfect fit for a game that will showcase the capabilities of Europe’s greatest national sides. He will be integral to Wales during the competition, and we are delighted that he will be gracing the packaging and in-game content of our UEFA EURO 2016 content.”
Gareth Bale is currently the World’s most expensive player after his $120 million move from Tottenham to Real Madrid in the Summer of 2013, eclipsing that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer fee from Manchester United, also to Real Madrid in 2009. Wales have reached their first major tournament this Summer for the first time in 40 years, with Bale the driving force behind the team.
All previous European Championship and World Cup official video game tie-ins have been developed by EA Sports, owner of the FIFA games. This year’s edition will mark the first major international tournament to be licensed by Konami, therefore integrating the tournament into the Pro Evolution Soccer engine. It remains to be seen which company will develop future soccer tournament video game tie-ins.
Unfortunately only 15 teams will be fully licensed when the expansion releases, despite a total of 24 teams taking part in the competition. PES has always had a problem obtaining licenses for teams in the past, and that trend seems to have continued into an official tournament tie-in as well.
UEFA Euro 2016 will release in stores as a standalone game on April 21st 2016 for Playstation 3 and Playstation 4. Players who have already purchased the PES 2016 for PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows PC will receive the Euro 2016 update as additional free DLC on March 24th.
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