Not to Be Outdone By FIFA, Konami Boasts About PES 2015 for Xbox One/PS4

Konami says upcoming professional soccer game will elevate on-field realism to "all-new levels."


Pro Evolution Soccer 2015

Earlier this week, EA Sports talked up the "amazing visuals" of FIFA 15, and now Konami has done the same for its upcoming professional soccer game, PES 2015. The publisher promises that on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, PES 2015 will deliver "all-new levels" of on-field realism.

"PES 2015 sees a true return to core PES values of total control, super responsive controls, and renowned gameplay, where the user has unrestricted control over how they play," Konami said in a statement. Some of the game's systems, like shooting and goal-keeping, have been "completely re-worked."

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The game will include a new shooting system that allows for "unrestricted shooting styles" and "precise control" over the direction and power of your shots. You can also channel your inner Tim Howard as a goalkeeper through a new feature that lets you alter your center of gravity as a means to react to any situation, Konami said.

Konami has also tweaked the "final pass" system for PES 2015, letting players deliver knock-on or screaming low passes. Thanks to a new physics system, the ball will behave realistically in every situation, Konami said. PES 2015 also mixes up the franchise's 1-on-1 play, allowing even better "close control" as a means to let you beat your man more regularly.

PES 2015 runs on the FOX Engine, Konami's proprietary technology that is also being used to develop upcoming open-world game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Though this engine was used for last year's PES 2014, Konami says that version of the engine was only an "embryonic form" of the technology. Some of the advancements that the FOX Engine allows in PES 2015 include new animations for over 1,000 players, more detailed and responsive crowds, and a new real-time lighting effect that will better simulate the changing light during a day match or the the floodlights for a night game.

The game also includes an overhaul of the myClub mode. You're now able to add players and managers using in-game currency or with real-world money. You can also expect live updates that reflect what's going on in the real world. For example, if a player is on a goal-scoring streak, his stats will be increased in the game. PES 2015 also allows you to tell the groundskeeper to not cut the grass so short if you want a slower game, or to water the pitch to speed up passing.

Konami says it will reveal more details about PES 2015, including information about ball physics tied to weather conditions and anti-cheating technology, in the coming months. The game launches for Xbox One and PS4, as well as "additional formats," later this year.

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