The latest game in the long running Pro Evolution Soccer series, PES 2012, has had its release date announced today by Konami and football/soccer fans can get their hands on the game from the 14th October 2011 and beyond. The game can be found on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 with Konami currently describing it as the “most ambitious and advanced football game ever” which is quite a claim to make but if there is any company that can live up to that claim it is Konami and the Pro Evolution Soccer series.
PES may have fewer licenses than its main rival in the virtual football/soccer world (EA’s FIFA series) but the ones it does have are very impressive indeed with the most recognisable ones being the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup. As a result of the UEFA license, referees and their assistants sport official UEFA Champions League uniforms. The game is also due out on the PlayStation 2 and PSP with Konami saying that the release dates for the game on these two platforms will be announced shortly.
Jon Murphy, European PES Team Leader, has been speaking about the game and had some interesting things to say which can be read below:
“PES 2012 is a massive advance for the football genre, truly the most ambitious and advanced football game ever. The additions we have made in terms of Teammate Control, Active AI and Off the Ball Control and elevate the level of play to new heights. No other game allows users so much control over their team, and PES 2012 ensures that the days of gaps in defence and shouting at teammates to make a run are long gone. This is a very exciting time to be a PES fan, and we are delighted that we can set a firm date for football fans to mark in their calendars.”
I await this game with interest and all will become clear on the 14th October as to whether it is once again a worthy challenger of EA’s FIFA series.