PES 2018 has struck a blow to FIFA 18, as Konami signs a deal with Topps Trading Cards.
Fans who purchase copies of PES 2018 will receive UEFA Champions League Match Attax.
These collectable cards will appear in boxed versions of the upcoming football title, which has a September release date.
According to Konami, a limited number of exclusive cards will be bundled with copies of the game, but only for a limited time.
The cards will feature teams and players from next season’s Champions league competition.
It’s a good fit for PES 2018, which has the virtual rights to the Champions League.
“We are constantly looking for ways to extend awareness of the PES series to new audiences, and are delighted to be working with a UEFA Champions League partner of the calibre of Topps,”a Konami spokesperson explained.
“These collectible cards are huge with young football fans and they can be the first to get their hands on them before Topps officially releases their Match Attax range by purchasing PES 2018 at launch.”
The views were echoed by Rod Pearson of Topps, who said: “PES 2018 will offer the definitive football gaming experience, and we are delighted to link our 2017/18 UEFA Champions League collection with such a strong partner.
“This year’s competition will be even more hard-fought and competitive than ever and the agreement between Topps and KONAMI showcases two very different ways to enjoy the progression of Europe’s greatest club sides.”
PES 2018 has a September 14 release date for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.
New features include a massive Master League Upgrade, Enhanced Visual Reality, as well as improved Online Co-op.
“Complementing the fluid gameplay, set pieces have been reworked, including a new free-kick and penalty system. There’s also the option to start a match with the new one player kick-off.”
Fans can check it out for themselves by trying the PES 2018 beta, which takes place on July 20.