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‘eFootball PES 2020’ on Nintendo Switch: Will Konami ever port the football sim to the portable console?

From the “eFootball PES 2020” demo trailer | Photo credit: Konami via eFootball PES/YouTube screenshot

Nintendo Switch was one of the most sought-after hardware gaming products of the last decade. It is a hybrid console that can be used docked at home or on-the-go with specs enough to support ports of AAA games. However, not all recently released titles have arrived on Switch, including “eFootball PES 2020.”

Some players might be wondering what is holding back Konami from porting “eFootball PES 2020” to the Switch, especially considering that it has always released a mobile version of the game. Unfortunately, the developer has yet to give a clear answer, and the lack of it might make some gamers continue wondering about the possibility of seeing the football sim on the hybrid console.

eFootball PES 2020’: Would it ever come to Nintendo Switch?

The closest to an answer that fans have gotten so far does not really offer a concrete explanation. When asked by RealSport101 about the non-existing “eFootball PES 2020” for Switch, PES brand manager Lennart Bobzien only reiterated that it is not in Konami’s plans as of the game’s development.

Konami is not disregarding the Switch market, though, as Bobzein also noted, citing that Konami has more projects for the console. “For PES right now, just the current factors that the game is coming out on the three platforms – PS4, Xbox One, and PC means there is no Switch version planned right now,” Bobzien further explained.

Without many details explaining the lack of Switch version, it only fuels the speculations that Fox Engine (used for the game’s development) could be one reason that restricts Konami. With the rumors that developers are switching engines for the “eFootball PES 2021,” fans of the sports sim are unlikely letting go of the hope to see it launch on Nintendo Switch.

eFootball PES 2021’: What to expect

It is too early for Konami to release any details about “eFootball PES 2021.” As mentioned, however, there has been a lingering rumor that the developer will be using a new engine for the next iteration of the game.

The speculation started when Konami’s Kei Matsuda told WinPes that they do not plan on implement such a drastic change before the release of next-generation consoles. “eFootball PES 2021” is most likely getting released in September or October this year, but the PlayStation 5 and Project Scarlett console are expected to arrive in the holiday season. If the engine change will not happen for “eFootball PES 2021,” it might take place for the next series installment.

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