Earlier this week, Konami announced that Barcelona and Brazil forward Neymar Jr. would be the PES 2016 cover star. As far as name recognition goes, Neymar’s right up there as he had a strong showing at last year’s World Cup and with Barcelona he’s won the UEFA Champions League, La Liga, and the Copa Del Ray.
But PES 2016 will need more than Neymar’s likeness if it wants to beat its closest rival FIFA 16. So today, Konami announced a whole host of new features, improvements and tweaks from last year to get you to pledge your allegiance. Find out more about PES 2016 (and watch its dubstep-y E3 trailer) after the break.
PES 2016 Release Date + E3 Trailer
Konami is packing an awful lot into PES 2016, including: an advanced collision system, more controlled aerial strength, perfect defence, intelligent player AI so that you can create more chances, 1v1 control that lets you “manoeuvre in tight situations”, Goal Keeper ID that adds “character” to goalies so you’ll know who is more likely to punch or catch the ball, and players will have greater control over celebrations too.
In terms of game modes, Konami says that both the Master League and myClub modes have undergone some changes for the release of PES 2016. “Every element” of Master League has been “redesigned or reworked”, the company explains, including menus and a “new and exciting player transfer system”. myClub, on the other hand, adds player levels and players who are exclusive to the game mode. No word on the full roster of those exclusive players yet, though.
PES 2016 also has various cosmetic improvements, such as dynamic weather which will mean that there is a chance of rain during the game, and then that rain can affect how you pass, defend and even stay on your feet (if you wear the wrong studs or blades you can even slip over). Edit mode now lets PS4 and PS3 players import photos (this seems to be a PlayStation exclusive feature, unfortunately), there are also “3x new animations”, and visuals “have seen a huge upgrade”, courtesy of the Fox game engine.
I’m not entirely sold on the game’s visuals as some of the animations in that trailer looked a bit wonky. Plus, Neymar Jr. and co. all seem to have been fitted with glass eyes, but there are still a few months to go so things could improve between now and the game’s release date.
PES 2016 will be released on September 15 (The Americas), September 17 (EU), and September 18 (UK) on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.