Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 2016 was released in mid-September with outdated squads featuring very few of the summer's biggest transfers. The first roster update has been released today (29 October), much later than fans would have wanted – and it appears many players are still not at their correct clubs.
Following feedback from fans the official Pro Evolution Soccer Twitter account has acknowledged the problem, saying: "We're aware of the missing transfers on Data Pack 1. We apologize for the inconvenience and are currently looking into it."
We've been in touch with someone who has downloaded the patch, and they confirm that Anthony Martial is not a Manchester United player despite his move from Monaco. This appears to be the biggest omission. Elsewhere Emmanuel Adebayor and Aaron Lennon are still at Spurs despite the former being released from his contract and the latter moving to Everton. Fabio Borini is still at Liverpool despite his move to Sunderland, Victor Moses is at Chelsea despite his loan move to West Ham and Virgil Van Dijk is not at Southampton.
Each of these transfers were made over the last few days of the transfer window, from 31 August to 2 September – which appears to be the cut-off point for which transfers did and did not make it into the update.
This all comes, despite the fact those transfers took place two months ago and six weeks since the game's launch. Someone who owns the game and has a lot of time on their hands could easily switch all the players around manually in the game's edit mode over the course of a day or two. It's a mystery why the update took so long and an even bigger mystery as to how they still didn't do their job properly.
Rival series Fifa has had the fully updated squads since that game launched a couple of weeks after PES, but has the benefit of a much larger team of developers working on it. PES 2016 is a top quality football game and better than Fifa 16, but issues like this won't help the gap between the two games in terms of sales shrink.