As football fans are eagerly awaiting the start of their respective seasons to begin, there is also one more date that some die-hard football fans may want to put in their calendars. They may even put a big fat red ring round it too as the Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 release date has been announced, and we can expect to see it in October this year.
First off we need to apologise for bringing this news to your attention, fashionably late. The announcement was officially made on July 28, but it must have slipped under our football radar.
Getting back to what we do best, we can announce that PES 2012 will be coming to a games console near you on October 14, says Konami. So far, the only versions that have actually been labelled with the fabled date is the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. PSP, PS2, and Wii versions are said to follow shortly after the initial release, but for the time being, Konami are keeping a closed lid on that.
Konami have stated that the title is the “most ambitious and advanced football game ever,” and we can tell you that we have seen a preview of some of the one-on-one moves that can be achieved with simple analog and button presses, and are very much looking forward to trying them out. You can see the video at the end of this article.
PES 2012 also holds the bragging rights to the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup. As they own the licence, this means that all referees will sport official UEFA merchandise and uniforms, but the real seal of approval will come when players test the new AI that is much talked about.
“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,” said John Murphy, European PES Team Leader.
With the new improvements, can you see yourself continuing on with the PES series of football games that we now know and love, or will you be checking out FIFA 12 aswell? Who do you think will have the most true-to-life gameplay?