PES fans have been reacting to the Celtic Park release today

By David Walton

February 7, 2019

PES have today released the data pack Celtic fans have been waiting for – the one with Parkhead in it.

It’s been a long five-month wait for supporters of the franchise. The game has likely seen an improvement on sales from Scotland given both Parkhead and Ibrox stadiums are in it. There hasn’t been any official confirmation of that, however.

But fans were generally disappointed when the venues weren’t available on the game’s August release. Finally, however, both venues have finally been released as well as some updated player faces.

But supporters of the franchise haven’t all been queuing up to praise the game for its newest venue. Despite reaction generally being praising on Twitter, it didn’t bring out the most overwhelmingly positive reaction.

Here, we take a look at some of that fan reaction on Twitter to today’s reveal:

A personal perspective

This all comes down to what you were expecting from the update.

Having played with the new data pack myself, the likes of Scott Sinclair, Dedryck Boyata, and Scott Brown look great for a start. But it’s clear PES didn’t manually scan everyone in the squad.

Added to that, Celtic Park as a stadium looks great. They’ve captured everything from the standing section to the roof of the ground incredibly well.

The game doesn’t include details like the Celtic Way (Mark Runnacles – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Where this game will disappoint some, however, is the atmosphere. Yes, there is a nice tifo or two in the support. But, in truth, the atmosphere feels incredibly dour for Parkhead, whilst the tunnel of the stadium is also extremely generic.

But, for a first-time having our stadium in a game since Celtic Club Football 2005, it’s fantastic for Celtic supporting gamers.

The only disappointment has certainly been the long wait for it. Many in this country would’ve bought the game in August expecting Parkhead to be in it. Since then, a lack of official word on its release has infuriated supporters. Better clarity is certainly needed next year.