With incredibly real-list graphics and plenty of new animations, Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 is one innovative football sim. But last month that level of innovation was kicked up a notch as Konami, the the publisher behind the game, teamed up with Japanese car company Nissan for something called ‘Project Controller’.
Nissan’s Project Controller experiment goes all in as the car manufacturer calls it “a mission to drive football”. An extension of Nissan’s UEFA Champions League sponsorship, Project Controller sees Nissan attempting to tweak some of their cars and then use them to play PES 2016. A new video demonstrates the experiment and you can watch it after the break.
PES 2016 ‘Driving Football’ Experiment Gets a New Teaser
Nissan explains that their initial plan for Project Controller was to “hack the Bluetooth signals” but as that was “way too tricky”, naturally, this led the company to rip open a PS4 controller, adding cables in order to “send signals from a microcontroller to simulate the button pushes”. Then, Nissan had to connect the controller to their Qashqai but “after hours of hardcore hacking, everything is working more smoothly than we could possible imagine”, says the company.
Not that playing PES 2016 is a simple task even after all of that, though. Jann Mardenborough (Gran Turismo player turned professional Nissan NISMO racing driver) details just how complex the game’s controls become when you’re behind the wheel of the Nissan Qashqai: pass with the brake, shoot with the accelerator, cross with the washer/wiper, sprint with the phone button, left and right with the steering wheel, and use the indicators to go up and down. “It’s kind of like tapping your head and rubbing your stomach; it messes your head up, but it is really enjoyable when you get it right,” says Mardenborough.
Mardenborough and Tobi Brown (YouTuber and professional gamer) both said that they’d like to see Nissan take Project Controller further, to where two people can play PES against each other or that we can play the game in ours cars on long journeys. Those both seem like moonshots for now, but we’ll keep you posted on any other developments in the experiment.
The Nissan Project Controller/PES 2016 experiment will be on show at the Malmö FF/Paris Saint-German Champions League game on November 25.