El Segundo, Calif. - Oct. 19, 2010 - KONAMI today announced that Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 is now available on the Xbox 360 ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation ® 3 computer entertainment system. The newest edition of the long-running series marks the most radical revamp in the history of the franchise, offering the most compelling gameplay to date.
"With Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, we have reinvigorated the series with the most advanced set of gameplay improvements and additions, control options, and successful implementation of real-world soccer to-date," said Shinji Hirano, President of KONAMI (Americas). "Our goal was to stay true to the Pro Evolution Legacy and we know sports fans will enjoy the latest edition to one of our longest-running franchises."
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 delivers an experience that adheres to the core values of the franchise: skill, realism and freedom to play. With the 2011 release, the freedom to play element has been extended via new AI routines designed to place every move and decision in the player's hands. The new, specially designed control system allows total control over every element of play. Soccer balls can now travel absolutely anywhere with surgical precision thanks to a 360-degree passing ratio that offers unprecedented levels of control over every pass, shot, and throw-in.
The game is further enhanced with the addition of new camera angles and over 1000 new animations that have been added to emphasize the stunning visuals, slickness and variety of movement that a real match showcases. Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 also debuts online elements for its praised Master League where players can bid against each other for the world's best players and build a squad that can compete with the best against online peers from across the globe. Additionally, big game atmosphere is guaranteed with stunning crowds and a wide range of chants and cheers tied into the on-field action. These are just a few of the numerous upgrades and enhancements that will bring fans and sports gamers closer to the real thing than ever before.
Adding to the real-world elements of the franchise, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 brings back an all-star cast of some of today's biggest soccer celebrities from across the globe. Lionel Messi will return as the game's cover star, and Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 has expanded its exclusive UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League elements, as well as added the Copa Santander Libertadores, South America's most influential and important club-based competition. The game will once again feature play-by-play commentary in Latin American Spanish from Christián Martinoli and Luis Garcia; and for the first time, PES 2011 will feature play-by-play commentary from famed Brazilians Silvio Luiz and Mauro Beting.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and is now available for purchase at retailers nationwide for an SRP of $59.99 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 will be available for Wii TM on November 30 for $49.99 and for the PSP ® (PlayStation ® Portable) system on November 2 for an SRP of $29.99. For more information and assets, please visit: http://www.konami.com/downloads.
KONAMI is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer or electronic entertainment properties and traditional trading card games. KONAMI's software titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers. KONAMI is also the manufacturer of the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, which has sold more than 22 billion, cards worldwide. The latest information about KONAMI can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. In Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. KONAMI CORPORATION is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by KONAMI can be found at www.konami.com.
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