PES 2014 takes to the pitch this year, but where's the PS4 version?
- Posted June 4th, 2013 at 09:32 EDT by Michael Harradence
Konami has taken the wraps off the latest instalment in the venerable Pro Evolution Soccer franchise.
PES 2014 will be released later this year for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, PC and Xbox 360. Curiously, the footie outing wasn’t announced for next-generation consoles, PlayStation Vita or Wii U.
Still, it sounds like Konami is going for gold with this latest entry. PES 2014 will be completely overhauled thanks to Hideo Kojima’s new FOX Engine, which is also the tech behind Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
PES 2014 “represents a quantum leap from what football fans have been used to,” featuring a host of new gameplay enhancements and tweaks built from scratch in order to form a fresh and energetic new standard for football titles.
PES Productions has broken away from limitations of outdated tech, and now boasts a ‘central core’ that replicates the skill and awareness that makes the world’s best players stand out among their peers.
The developer is championing six tenets that combine to create an all-new PES experience, encompassing everything from ball control, physicality of play, the ‘feel’ of match-day and more.
“Thinking outside the box on an annual series such as PES is not easy,” commented Kei Masuda, the game’s creative producer, “but the Fox Engine has allowed us to develop such a level of freedom that we are constantly realising ways of making PES 2014 a true representation of football. From the moment football fans pick up the controller and experiment with the close control, player movement and get to know how teams work and move, we are confident that they will see a game no longer limited by technology, but capable of growing with them and constantly surprising with the breath-taking quality they have to come to expect from the real thing.”
“All the materials we’re releasing are taken from current platforms and fully in-game, which is at about 70% completion,” he added. “We want fans to get a true feeling of the actual product they’ll be playing on the consoles most own this year, not some marketing dream. Our new engine and systems are dedicated to the current generation of platforms, which will continue to be dominant in the market, but are fully scalable for future versions.”
See below for what you can expect from PES 2014, according to Konami’s press blurb:
True B all Tech: For the first time in a football simulation, PES 2014 centres everything on the ball: how it moves, and how players use it. First touch and sublime control are what set certain players apart from others. The ability to not only read a pass, but to be one step ahead and to know what is needed to gain yards on an encroaching defender. TrueBall Tech allows the player to trap or knock on a pass using the analogue stick with detailed barycentric physics determining the weight shift of the player and the height and speed of the pass, as to how the player’s body will automatically shape to receive it.
Motion Animation Stability System (M.A.S.S.): The physical combat between players is a vital part of any match, and the new M.A.S.S. component simulates the bodily contact between multiple players within bespoke animations that segue seamlessly into each other. Rather than a series of preset animations that occur under specific circumstances, M.A.S.S. acts instantly to any situation, with the reaction of a fouled player entirely dependent on the direction and force with which they are tackled. Dependent on factors such as their size and power, players will stumble but instantly recover if clipped, barge others off the ball, and use their stature to block players from possession. Similarly, PES 2014 now has more styles of tackle, as opposed to basic foot in or sliding types.
Heart: Defining what makes football so engrossing is difficult. It isn’t a technical thing, but more an emotional hook. Matches can be imposing for visiting teams, as home support barracks the opposition, and acts as the infamous ‘twelfth man’ by cheering their side on. PES 2014’s ‘Heart aims to recreate the effects of team support, both on an individual player basis and across the entire team.
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