Earlier this week, Konami announced the Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 demo, explaining that fans would be able to play the game over a month before its official release date. Adam Batti, the PES Europe product manager also tweeted a “big thanks” to the FIFA community for supporting him and the game and that they should “definitely” download the demo and give PES 2016 a chance.
Konami has made it quite clear that they’d love to take FIFA‘s soccer sim crown then, something signified by the fact that they released the new PES 2016 gameplay trailer during EA’s Gamescom press conference. But has the new PES footage managed to steal FIFA‘s thunder? We’re not sure; but the new gameplay looks wonderful at least.
PES 2016 Gameplay Trailer, Gamescom 2015
According to Konami, PES 2016 is all about preserving the series’ heritage. Pro Evolution Soccer has been around for 20 years (as those golden ’20 year anniversary’ balls signify) and the game’s new tagline is “Love The Past, Play The Future”. As a result, the development team has been “focusing on the many new gameplay and presentational elements that will further establish the series as the definitive football experience.”
Some of these new improvements include the ID system, with Goal Keeper ID now being introduced to give goalkeepers their own, individual ‘character’ and their own play styles. Collision, aerial strength, defence, player AI, and 1v1 control have all been overhauled too and we should (hopefully) be able to see the difference.
Additionally, PES 2016 now features over 120 different celebrations, and some, such as the ability to knock over the corner flag, are entirely contextual. And on top of all of this, every element of the game’s Master League mode has been “redesigned or reworked”. Given that the Master League mode has been in PES since 1999, I’d say that any changes to it are definitiely in line with Konami’s ‘core features focus’, but whether those changes pay off has yet to be seen.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 will be released on September 15/17/18, 2015 (The Americas/EU/UK) on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. A demo will be available on consoles on August 13.