Pro Evolution Soccer (PES; Japanese: ウイニングイレブン Uiningu Irebun, Winning Eleven) is a series of football video gamesdeveloped and published by Konami. It is a spinoff from Konami’s earlier International Superstar Soccer series.
Every year, the game is released in around late September and/or early October with two different titles: World Soccer: Winning Eleven in Japan and Asia (excluding Indonesia and Malaysia), and Pro Evolution Soccer in Europe, North America and Indonesia. The Japanese version is a localized version that features local leagues. Partially as a result of EA Sports‘ predilection for purchasing exclusive rights for their FIFA series, the games have historically lacked the sheer volume of licences present in EA’s offerings, with the most notable absences being the Premier League and Bundesliga. As such, team jerseys, names and players may be inaccurate.
Over the years, a few of the top figures in football have starred in the covers of the series; Pro Evolution Soccer 3, uniquely, featured as its cover star Italian referee Pierluigi Collina, who officiated the 2002 FIFA World Cup Final and would go on to appear in the next two installments as well (in 5, along with the aces of London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, Thierry Henry and John Terry), while Adrianowas the cover athlete for 6. Cristiano Ronaldo then became the face of the franchise, appearing on the front cover in 2008, 2009, 2012and 2013. He has since been replaced by Lionel Messi for 2010 (along with Fernando Torres) and 2011, Mario Götze for 2015, who was replaced by Neymar and Álvaro Morata for 2016. Since 2018, the covers have given highlight to the main players of F.C. Barcelona, which has a partnership agreement with PES.