Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 (abbreviated to PES 2016, known as Winning Eleven 2016 in Japan) is a football simulation game developed by PES Productions and published by Konami for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. It is the fifteenth edition of the Pro Evolution Soccer series. The cover of the game features Neymar of Barcelona (seen wearing his Brazil national team kit). PES 2016 is also PES Productions’ 20th anniversary in making football games. The name of the game has been changed from “World Soccer: Winning Eleven” to “Pro Evolution Soccer” in Asia, except in Japan where it is titled “Winning Eleven”.
At E3 2015, it was announced that Konami had extended their license for the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup until 2018. At Gamescom 2015, it was announced that Konami has acquired the exclusive license for the upcoming UEFA Euro 2016; though, it’s not going to be a part of the game at least from the beginning. Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 includes Ligue 1, La Liga, AFC Champions League, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana (2014 and 2015 seasons), Recopa Sudamericana, an unlicensed Serie A with 19 licensed teams, an unlicensed Premier League, with only Manchester United licensed, 3 teams from Bundesliga (Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach) but still not a stand-in for the league, an unlicensed Football League Championship, an unlicensed Serie B, an unlicensed Primeira Liga (only Benfica, Sporting CP and Porto were licensed), Ligue 2, Segunda División, an unlicensed Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, an unlicensed Campeonato Nacional (with only the teams competing in Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamerica licensed), Eredivisie, an unlicensed Argentine Primera División (with only the teams competing in Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana licensed) and 4 teams from Campeonato Brasileiro Série B (Vitória, Bahia, Botafogo and Criciúma).