Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 has officially thrown down the gauntlet to FIFA, bagging rights for Manchester United and Liverpool FC and signing an exclusive deal with the UEFA Champions League.
The UEFA deal sees the tournament snatched away from EA, who previously developed an annual title alongside its FIFA releases, and integrated exclusively into PES 2009 as a new game mode.
"This deal showcases our commitment to taking PES 2009 forward in terms of licences and realism," commented Konami president Kunio Neo on the deal. "The UEFA Champions League is the jewel in the club competition crown, and is just one of many innovations we have lined up for the new game."
"We are delighted that PES 2009 will feature the UEFA Champions League and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Konami," said a UEFA spokesperson.
Squeezing all the announcements out the door at once, Konami also revealed that it's reached an agreement with both Manchester United and Liverpool FC to use all their player likenesses, kits and club crests in the new PES.
PES 2009 has even been signed as the "Official Football Video Game of Liverpool FC". It's come a long way since the days of Man Red and Merseyside Blue
Konami's game is out this autumn, a little after FIFA 09 - check out the shed-load of new shots and trailer below.
As for FIFA 09, there's a demo available now. Go and give it a try.
There's no PES demo on Xbox Live yet, but shout out in the comments below of you see it later today.