KONAMI dates ‘most ambitious and advanced football game ever’
Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH has announced it will unleash its eagerly-awaited PES
2012 title on October 14th for PlayStation®3, Xbox 360® and Windows PC, stating it is the most
ambitious and advanced football experience ever.
PES 2012 goes further in giving the user total control than any other football title, offering AI
innovations and gameplay additions that cover every aspect of real football. Central to PES
2012 is the all-new Active AI system which ensures that teammates work to close down space,
defend zonally and hold their line to minimise attacking options. As such, as players defend, their
colleagues will look to hold the defensive line and mark oncoming offensive support. Conversely,
when attacking, the player will see that their teammates will make dummy runs, draw defenders,
and work to give the player more options in attack.
Furthermore, the emphasis on the team as a unit is demonstrated with PES 2012’s ground-
breaking Teammate Control system – a truly unique addition which allows the user to control two
players at once, prompting runs or drawing defenders with one, while the other holds the ball up.
Teammate Control works in two ways; with users pressing the right analogue stick in the direction
of the player they wish to control. Support play is offered in Assisted mode wherein users prompt a
second player to make a timed run to cut inside or receive a ball, while total control is afforded by
the fully Manual mode which gives the user complete freedom of movement of the second player.
Elsewhere, PES 2012 is equally full of new additions. Animation has been enhanced, while the
overall presentation has also been refined. Managers can now be seen wandering the touchline,
while the general atmosphere of a big-match day has been faithfully recreated. In terms of
gameplay, shooting movement and reactions are much improved, control is no longer totally lost
when losing possession of the ball, a return to the classic ‘behind player’ penalty system, and one-
on-one situations offer greater control as defenders press and jostle to win the ball, and attackers
use upper body feints and movements to bypass and wrong-foot their man.
PES 2012 also continues KONAMI’s close relationship with UEFA that sees the PES series as the
exclusive home of the UEFA Champions League™, UEFA Europa League™ and UEFA Super
Cup™ video game licences. Attention to detail within these key tournaments has been extended
to the match officials, and PES 2012 will see referees and their assistants now sporting the official
UEFA Champions League™ uniforms.
“PES 2012 is a massive advance for the football genre, truly the most ambitious and advanced
football game ever” claimed Jon Murphy, European PES Team Leader for Konami Digital
Entertainment GmbH. “The additions we have made in terms of Teammate Control, Active AI
and Off the Ball Control and elevate the level of play to new heights. No other game allows users
so much control over their team, and PES 2012 ensures that the days of gaps in defence and
shouting at teammates to make a run are long gone. This is a very exciting time to be a PES fan,
and we are delighted that we can set a firm date for football fans to mark in their calendars.”