Konami have officially announced PES 2016, with Barcelona ace Neymar Jr confirmed as the new cover star for the series.
The Brazil international - who scored an injury-time goal for Barça as they won 3-1 against Juventus in last Saturday's UEFA Champions League Final - will front the PES 2016 pack shot and all other marketing materials.
The 23-year-old superstar, who this year claimed a Spanish treble after winning La Liga and the Copa Del Rey, described his excitement after becoming the new face of Pro Evolution Soccer.
“This is a real honour for me to be cover star for PES 2016. The series has long been praised for its sheer level of control and utter realism and I am delighted to be working with such a talented team as Konami. I am fascinated by the huge amount of work involved in putting together the game and ensuring the world’s top players look and play just like the real things, and cannot wait to see myself in action as soon as possible.”
Erik Bladinieres, Konami's European Brand Director of Football, also shared a few words in today's official press release.
“Neymar Jr. is a player that perfectly fits the PES brand, and what we want to achieve. His unique qualities and the ability to surprise goes hand in hand with the gameplay experience in PES 2016. In our anniversary year we want to celebrate the past, while look forward to the exciting future of the brand. We’ll do this with Neymar Jr. leading our campaign.”
As well as releasing the game's first teaser trailer (watch below), it's also been revealed that Neymar Jr will feature as this year's myClub pre-order bonus. Konami say more details regarding this - and much more - will be detailed in the full reveal on June 12th.
Teaser trailer screenshots: