The latest instalment in Konami’s long-running football franchise Pro Evolution Soccer – better known as Pro Evo, PES, or the thorn in FIFA’s side – is due for release on September 14 this year.
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The news comes straight from Konami, who have also released a teaser trailer. In their press release, Konami say the Steam version “has undergone substantial improvements in terms of aesthetics and content, ensuring [it] enjoys parity with the current-gen formats.”
That’s welcome news, as PC players have been stiffed with poor ports of the older console versions in the last few years. (Incidentally, those versions are still happening, as Konami confirm PES 2018 is also releasing on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.)
Konami also talk up the general improvements to their formula, including a new dribbling system, sharper graphics, better motion-captured animations, and
President of Konami Digital Entertainment Masami Saso also highlights the game’s esports features, such as “a dedicated PES League mode”, which aims to remove barriers to entry and get more people playing competitively. “Konami is committed to breaking new ground with the PES series, and PES 2018 sees us enter the field more confident and determined to excel than ever,” he says.
You can learn more – and pre-order if you wish –on the website.