Konami Officially Announces PES 2018; Releases in September

The football video game world is split between two franchises, EA Sports’ FIFA and Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer, even though the latter enjoyed its time in the sun, EA Sports’ addictive Ultimate Team mode pulled more people into FIFA.

This doesn’t mean that Konami has given up. The studio recently announced the upcoming iteration of PES, PES 2018, and the changes and improvements listed below shows how much work the development team has put in since the release of the previous version. Almost everything is revamped, enhanced or improved drastically.

Gameplay Masterclass

The world renowned gameplay quality has been finely tuned and refined to recreate the authenticity of the beautiful game, including a more realistic game pace. Strategic dribbling gives the user significantly more control in possession, with the addition of contextual shielding to protect the ball, as well as simple stick controls triggering realistic, subtle movements, to wrong foot defenders. Real Touch+ adds a new dimension to ball control, with full body touch allowing various parts of the body to control the ball based on the unpredictability of the ball movement. Set pieces have been reworked with a new FK and PK system, alongside the option to choose the new one player kick off.

Enhanced Visual Reality

Realistic visuals recreate the authenticity of football, all the way down to the finer details thanks to Real Capture. The benefits include true-to-life stadium lighting for day and night matches, pitch turfs and player tunnels that were recreated from more than 20,000 intricate elements of genuine data collected at the Camp Nou and Signal Iduna Park. Players have been motion captured in equally realistic environments, allowing for a complete rework of the animation system, starting with core movement such as walking, turning and body posture. Additionally, player models have been completely changed, with special attention paid to kit fitting and short size. Player’s photo scanned from partner teams will receive full body tattoos.

Online Co-Op

A new mode dedicated to 2v2 and 3v3 co-op play, with support for local guests. Play together with friends, take your team to the top or simply have some fun via one-off casual matches.

New Modes and Features

The fan favorite Random Selection Match returns with new presentation and features. Experience life as manager in Master League with pre-season tournaments, an improved transfer system and new presentation elements, including pre-match interviews and locker room scenes.

Presentation Overhaul

Brand new in-game redesign to the UI for all menus, as well as real player images added to the gameplan screen and myClub, give the game a new broadcast feel.

PES League Integration

Compete in PES League in new modes including myClub, Random Selection Match and Online co-op.

PES 2018 releases on September 12 in NA and September 14 in Europe for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. Make sure to check out the teaser trailer below: