Although Konami may not have the licenses to the Barclay’s Premiership, or the licenses to women’s international teams as FIFA 16 does, what the company does have is exclusive rights to the EURO competition as well as the UEFA Champions League. This is great for PES 2016 players who want to prove themselves as the top virtual team in Europe but it’s not the only side of Konami’s UEFA partnership.
As the official automotive sponsor of the UEFA Champions League, Nissan has been looking for ways to “engineer unexpected moments of fan excitement” and to “enhance their experience” of the competition. Their newest way of doing this is with Nissan Project Controller, which will let fans play PES 2016 using a Nissan car.
PES 2016 and Nissan Project Controller
Rather than Nissan and PES 2016 embracing their inner Rocket League (which we personally think would make for some great DLC), the Nissan vehicle itself acts as the controller. It’s currently unclear how the button mapping translates to the entire dashboard interface, but it’s not hard to imagine that the steering wheel is used to move your PES 2016 player while the accelerator pedal is used to control how fast they should run.
As for the thinking behind Nissan Project Controller – which is a pretty outlandish promotional idea – the company has said the following:
“Fresh ideas and technologies lie at the heart of Nissan’s model development and have inspired the brand to create its ground-breaking Crossover models. Following the promise — “Innovation that Excites” — the company has brought together a team of intrepid car engineers, gamers and UX designers to combine Nissan’s driving interface with a gaming console controller. The project is a perfect example of Nissan’s fresh ideas and desire to challenge conventions.”
The Nissan Controller/PES 2016 experiment will kick-off (pardon the pun) at the Malmö FF/Paris Saint-German Champions League game on November 25, so if you plan on heading to Malmö to watch the game in person, look out for that.