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Pro Evolution Soccer 2015's online support ends in August

Free-to-play PES 2016 remains available to PS3, PS4

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Online support for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 will end in August, Konami announced today. The shutdown comes 21 months after the game's November 2014 launch.

Support ends Aug. 25, 2016, at 4 a.m. GMT. Any virtual currencies held in Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 will be wiped out by the termination, so Konami advises spending it all before the lights go off.

Closing online support is common in annual, ongoing sports video games and PES 2015 has already been succeeded by PES 2016, which launched in September. However, two years seems to be a customary length for support.

Last year, plans for a shutdown of NBA 2K14's online support after just 16 months of service was met with enough outrage that 2K Sports kept the servers on and vowed to support all future releases for at least 27 months past launch.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 also offers a free-to-play edition for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, which may have something to do with PES 2015's online termination. That version includes seven licensed soccer teams in an exhibition mode, plus the microtransaction-supported myClub career mode.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 was announced for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One at the end of May. It will launch later this year. PES is Konami's only remaining console title in development following the company's reorganization to focus on mobile gaming.

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