Konami has lifted the lid on this year’s on this year’s instalment of its popular football series PES 2013.
The game will “see the series returning to its roots, with the emphasis on the individual skills of the world’s best players, and giving the player the total freedom to play any style of ball, which includes for the first time full control over shots”.
The changes were decided upon after consultation with both football fans and followers of the series.
Konami also says that the players will be more life-like than ever before, with individual stars modelled to match the running motions and playing styles of their real-life counterparts.
The new PES FullControl system offers a new dynamic touch model that allows players to subtly adjust how they receive the ball from traps and various other scenarios. R2 can be used to stop the ball dead, killing the speed of a well-hit pass or using its speed to beat a defender.
Manual passing has been added to by manual shooting, allowing players to for the first time determine a strike’s power AND height.
Dribble speeds have also been slowed to better replicate the real-life game, with full 360 degree movement present and correct.
There’s also the new Response Defending system which offers a more flexible approach to protecting the goal, with a greater degree of control. Goalkeeper control has also been expanded and distribution of the ball improved.
AI has also been tweaked “to eradicate any illogical elements to the way players move and run”, while defensive and offensive moves will be executed with greater tactical precision than previously. Keepers, in particular, have had an extensive overhaul to their decision processes.
“This is an exciting time to be part of the PES community, and PES 2013 marks a new level of playability with the return to our key ethos of utter control and freedom,” European PES team leader Jon Murphy stated.
“Football is all about making magic happen with skill and precision, and PES 2013 truly encapsulates this. Fresh faces within the development team and some very exciting ideas will breathe new life into the PES series, and we look forward to showing what we can do in the coming months.”
PES 2013 will be released on Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, 3DS, PS2 and PSP this autumn - notice the lack of a PlayStation Vita SKU.
Here's the debut trailer: