Seabass and co are at it again, with Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 announced for Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, PC and Wii. Oh, and PS2. The announcement is accompanied by Konami's usual PR fanfare and nebulous promises, with PES 2012 looking to build on "the instinctive way the game can be played and on teamwork". Whatever that means.
Having been shunted to second place - I'm not opening this up for debate, so let's speak critically and commercially, shall we? - Konami has set attacking play as the mandate for PES 2012. You can expect teammates to make runs when the situations calls for it, and even lure defenders away with dummy runs. The idea here is for your team to act more as a unit, rather than your control simply switching from player to player and the AI simply attempting to catch up.
"For me, the ultimate aim in the ongoing PES series is to match what people see when they go to a match or watch a big game on TV with what they experience on their console," explains Shingo 'Seabass' Takatsuka, while also boasting of the improved lighting tech, tweaked animations and improved dead-ball situations, although no further license acquisitions - apart from last year's UEFA Champions and Europa League - were announced.
This year's clash between PES and Fifa is incredibly intriguing, as having wrenched the chasm of quality between the two so far apart, EA has it all to prove this year. PES once dominated in every category, but for too long they rested on their crown without actually making significant strides forward as Fifa crept to the fore. Either way, I'm sure we'll all be very, very spoiled come October. Click here for some Pro Evo Soccer 2012 screenshots. [Eurogamer]