It is fronted by none other than Portuguese forward and former Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I am flattered that Konami has chosen me to be the face of PES 2012, and by their reasoning behind the cover image,” Ronaldo stated. “PES 2012 to me is the perfect recreation of football, and truly highlights the way teams work together to create attacks, make space and break down defences.
“I think anyone that plays it will get a better understanding of the mechanics of football and how players work together. It is never about one player, it is about the team – and PES 2012 demonstrates that better than any other game.”
Konami’s European PES team leader Jon Murphy added: “With so much emphasis on the movement of players and their individual abilities in PES 2012, we wanted the cover to feature a star known for their ability to change a game with one skillful move and to show that person doing what they do best.
“As such, the image features Cristiano shaping to hit the ball: whether to ping a long pass across field, picking out dangerous runs, or creating something out of seemingly nothing. He is the perfect embodiment of everything we have set out to do with the game this year.”
PES 2012 will be released on PS3, Xbox 360, PC, PS2 and PSP on October 28th. The Wii version will arrive a week later on November 4th.