Although EA Sport’s FIFA title has been a predominant figure in the football e-sports industry, Konami has been catching up with the franchise with their Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) title by enhancing their gameplay alongside improvements in graphics as well as an overall overhaul to game modes and features.
FIFA’s sole competitor, Konami’s PES has announced several new features of their upcoming edition — PES 2018 — which will be released in the same month as FIFA 18, on September 12, 2017.
The game will be available on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Steam.
“It is a game that builds on the foundations of the resurgent series and has taken on board request from our growing fan base. It is also a game with an eye on the future. PES 2018 sees us enter the field more confident and determined to excel than ever” commented Masami Saso, President of Konami Digital Entertainment B.V.
The game title is also available on pre-order now — Digital FC Barcelona Edition and Digital Standard Edition — and will be delivered alongwith a few perks over other who order after the release of the title.
Pre-ordering the game right now will get your 1,000 myClub coins, 5 myClub agents — which guarantee a top UEFA Champions League players — and a top club and Legend player from FC Barcelona will be added to your playing XI.
7 New Features of PES 2018
The PES 2018 is built upon the same engine of its predecessor but has gained additional official licenses among other improvements to the game and have tied up with FC Barcelona — one of the finest football clubs in the world — to become the premium partners of the gaming title.
Game Play Enhancements
With technological advancements in the gaming industry, games have been getting closer to emulating real life scenarios and physics. This adds to the user experience as people find more authenticity in the game.
Konami has enhanced the gameplay by finely tuning the physical aspects such as dribbling, shielding the ball, nutmegging defenders and more, as well as the speed of the game.
Their Real Touch+ engine enhances ball control and tries to apply real-world physical laws to it. Set pieces have also been revamped as there is a new way to take a free kick and penalty kick.
The designing team at Konami have strived hard to make the stadium details look as realistic as possible as they identified and added more than 20,000 elements from Camp Nou and Signal Iduna Park.
Right from the stadium light during day and night to pitch turfs and player tunnels, the stadiums in the game are inspired by the two aforementioned ones.
The animation system has been reworked upon the real-life player motion capture, right from the way a player walks, turns and stands.
Players from PES-partner teams will receive full body tattoos in addition to the face and better kit fitting that has been applied universally for all teams and players.
Online Co-Op Mode
PES finally gets a dedicated Co-Op mode which allows 2v2 and 3v3 co-op play online or on a local network.
Players can now experience life as a manager in the Master League which also features pre-season tournaments, a revamped transfer system, new presentation elements which include pre-match interviews and locker room scenes.
Fresh User Interface
Users will now be greeted with a fresh user interface for all menus, real player images when the game plan screen or myClub is active and new in-game presentation.
Players can compete in the PES League by playing in either of the new modes which include myClub, Random Selection match, and Co-Op.
“As eSports continue to develop as a worldwide force, PES 2018’s inclusion of a dedicated PES League mode removes any barrier to entry to die-hard fans and newcomers alike,” Masami Saso added.
The Steam version of the game for PC users has received significant graphic and content improvements compared to the previous iterations of PES title — a recurring complaint by many PC gamers.
PS4, Xbox One, and Steam-Exclusive Features
The following features including stadiums, modes, and other visuals are only available to users playing PES 2018 on PS4, Xbox One or on PC via Steam.