Konami has announced the first details on Pro Evolution Soccer 2015, a “true return to core PES values of total control, super responsive controls and renowned gameplay, where the user has unrestricted control over how they play.”
Konami’s PES Productions team has completely reworked key elements of the game to ensure that “every pass, shot or off-the-ball run is finely balanced to give maximum player satisfaction within PES 2015’s on-field action.
A new shooting system allows a variety of unrestricted shooting styles with precise control over the direction and power of all strikes. Countering enhanced attacking options, goalkeepers’ intuitively close angles and are capable of an incredible number of ways to react to any situation, including altering the center of gravity.
Likewise, passing options available to players when delivering a final pass have been expanded, allowing for little knock-ons or searing low passes that use new physics routines to ensure the ball behaves realistically in every situation, providing “unique and differing outcomes” decided by user actions.
The final key element that’s been reworked centers around the degree of close control on offer. Positioning is vital, but the ability to dribble into space and beat your marker is now “hugely improved” and opens up PES 2015 as the “definitive on-field experience.”
These central features are supported by additional elements to create the “most entertaining and breathtaking match-day experience imaginable.”
- Incredible Response Times: Lightning fast controls allow users to instinctively react to every moment when the ball is in play.
- Full Pitch AI: The game engine now features AI that is constantly adjusted covering everything that develops on the pitch, resulting in players making runs, finding space and marking opponents even when off the screen.
- Closest Control: Take on defenders using each player’s dribbling skills, as opposed to relying on ‘trick’ moves. New skills include jinking runs, responsive sprints and incorporating a much wider range of pace — from walking to sprinting.
- Case for Defense: Users have complete control over when to close down, tackle, or hold up play. Successful defending is based entirely on the user’s decisions.
Next-gen editions of PES 2014 also mark the first full implementation of Kojima Productions’ FOX Engine in the franchise. After making a limited debut last year, the power of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 has allowed a level of visual acuity and in-game advances that were previously impossible. All graphical features in-game from players to the crowd and stadium now benefit from a single source of real-time lighting to bring the game to “vivid next gen life.”
PES 2015 now boasts a huge array of players that both look and play like their real-life counterparts. Konami has recreated over 1,000 players this year, with animations and playing styles across its extensive player roster. They run like they should, play the way they do in real life, and react emotionally as they would to fouls, goals or referee decisions — with their frame of mind affecting how they play.
The individuality of the players is further enhanced with seamless animations. No sacrifice has been made in the pursuit of fast response, yet movements flow effortlessly calculated in real time and dependent on the player’s position in relation to the ball and its speed.
PES 2015 mirrors the atmosphere of a top-flight match. The crowd animations have been “hugely enhanced,” and the ebb and flow of a match is met with context-sensitive crowd effects and movements.
Real-time lighting is used throughout the stadium, with enhanced visuals bathed in the changing light of a day or the stark glare of floodlights during a night match.
With PES ID, teams will be set up to play as they do in real-life, while their star players will work within this framework, but will instantly be recognizable with their runs and playing styles. The world’s greatest teams will not only move and find space like they would in real life, they will also defend or attack like them automatically.
Teams will adopt their real-life counterparts’ game plan automatically, whether it is counter-attacking, out wide, or defensively minded.
While the world’s greatest players are capable of moments of awe-inspiring skill, PES 2015 focused on their abilities as a player and not their flicks and tricks. Beating a man using pace and close control is key to attacking play, and only those that can will get away with rainbow flicks.
With these supporting features in place, however, Konami has not neglected the wide range of options PES fans expect. With a wealth of new options and enhancements to established favorites set to debut in PES 2015:
- myClub: Extensive Master League Online: An overhaul allows players and managers to be added using accumulated GP or via micro-transactions within club dealings. Agents now need to meet player requirement criteria, while unhappy players can upset the balance of a side to detrimental effect. Extends to offline play.
- Weekly data updates constantly adjust transfers and team lineups in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Brazilian leagues. Player data is also updated based on current performances each week, so if a player is on a goal-scoring streak, his stats will be boosted accordingly in the update. Applied to all online modes and optional within single-player mode.
- The player parameter system for PES has been completely rebuilt, working with key community sites across the globe to create the most realistic player stats database.
- Adaptable Match Environments: You can tailor any part of your stadium to suit your needs.
Stay tuned to Paw Print for coverage on PES 2015 leading to its launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and other platforms this fall/winter.