Konami has told MCV that Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 will bring lapsed fans back to the franchise – thanks to a return to the franchise’s hallmark realism.
The publisher has worked closely with the game’s community to weed out elements that let down PES 2009 – which suffered critically and commercially against a resurgent FIFA 09.
Konami’s European PES Team Leader Jon Murphy told MCV that the new game
would bring PES back to its “simulation roots”.
“People want their football game to mix playability with realism, and that is a fine line to walk,” he said. “PES 2010 sees a real return to the simulation roots of the series, with more considered pace, and more emphasis on positional play and passing movement.
“The PES fanbase is thankfully very vociferous in their PES tastes, and has proved essential in the development of the new game. Everything from the way nets bulge to the goalkeepers’ gloves has come under scrutiny, and all feedback has been shown to Japan who have met many of the requests in the new 2010 edition. It’s the return of the king.”
PES 2010 will be released for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC on October 23rd. PS2 and PSP versions will follow on November 6th, with a Wii version out on November 20th.
The cover stars for this year’s title are Liverpool’s Fernando Torres and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
MCV expects the game will benefit from Konami’s biggest marketing spend of the year.