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Konami’s autumn PES 2017 updates to include ‘over 39’ new player likenesses, additional stadia, and 4K support for the PS4 Pro.

‘Over 39’ seems like an oddly specific boast. You’d think someone would be more likely to say ‘over 30’ or ‘more than 35’. Or if it is some way ‘over 39’ then wouldn’t you say ‘over 40’ to make it sound more impressive?

All of this PR speak nonsense seems to point to only one thing: it’s just 40.

In case you missed it, that’s ‘over 39’ new player likenesses to be included in the October PES 2017 update, version 1.02, to recognise over players who have “excelled in the early part of the season”. Konami’s Photo ID will see reproductions of the likes of Wissam Ben Yedder, Mario Lemina, Aymeric Laporte, Victor Wanyama and Denis Suarez, and will also see their individual playing styles recreated within the game. There will also be updates to the advertising hoardings and different styles of football boots, if proof were ever needed that football is a shallow pursuit.

The November PES 2017 update, version 1.03, will bring 4K support to the game for Sony’s soon-to-be-released PS4 Pro console, promising that the new resolution will run at a smooth 60 frames per second. That seems like a better boast than ‘over 39’ new faces, doesn’t it? Perhaps they should lead with that in future.

Of most interest to certain sectors of football fandom will be the addition of two new clubs, however, and they’re biggies. Konami have entered into a new licensing agreement with Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund – following on from their initial deal with Barcelona – to bring their stadia and kits to PES 2017 for the first time. Much like the Barcelona deal, both clubs’ player likenesses will also be brought to the game in extra detail.

Get ready for strains of You’ll Never Walk Alone to drift around a digital Anfield.

PES 2017 is out now. Pick it up from Amazon.

Header image source: LiverpoolFC.com

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