Konami has announced the return of Pro Evolution Soccer. PES 2019 is going to be out on August 30th, a few weeks earlier than usual.

PES 2019 will be the first in the series for a decade to arrive without the official UEFA Champions League and Europa League licenses. Despite this, Konami says it has “ongoing commitment to increase the number of licenses”. That means more fully licensed leagues, stadiums, club partnerships, and the support of a number of ‘Legends’, including cover star Philippe Coutinho and, on the special edition, David Beckham, bizarrely enough. What year is it?

In terms of gameplay nuance, Magic Moments will now be a core asset of PES 2019. With this feature, Konami says the best players will have unique playing styles and skill traits that can be used to provide moments of inspiration during a match.

On top of this, Visible Fatigue will now be a factor. As teams tire over the course of a match, this will impact their performance, positioning, and behaviour. This is designed to mimic tough to break down opponents who will grow weary towards the latter stages of a match against a dominant opposition. This will be joined by all the usual improvements to ball physics, player animations, and shot types.

Clearly taking more than one or two inspirations from FIFA’s ever-popular Ultimate Team Mode, PES 2019 myClub has been updated with a “revolutionary” new card season with which players can build their squads. Each week there’ll be new high-performance players, legend players, and players of the week that will have boosted stats compared to their normal attributes. I’m sure seen of all this somewhere before….

Last but not least, there are the graphical improvements. Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 will feature global illumination for more realistic lighting shadows, greater crowd detail, improved grass textures, and the return of snowy weather.

PES 2019 will be out on August 30th for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.