Pro Evolution Soccer 2013

PES 2013: First details

Konami line up their shot.

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Konami Digital Entertainment has today revealed details regarding the release of PES 2013.

Due out this Autumn, PES 2013 will feature a variety of changes and improvements, as Konami looks to wrestle the initiative back from the all-conquering FIFA franchise.

PES 13 is being endorsed by Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, and he is among the in-game players modeled to match the "running motions, abilities and playing styles, and the flicks and turns of their real-life counterparts".

There are to be three key areas of improvement for the new title. PES FullControl offers players "total freedom over ball control", and boasts a new first touch system (using R2 gamers can trap the ball, or use momentum to take a ball past a defender). Full manual shooting and passing will give gamers control over the height and power of their passes and shots: "Passes can be made into open areas, allowing lone strikers to thrive, while offering an unrivalled variety in ways to score."

Dribbling gets a revamp; the speed with which players move with the ball has been slowed down to increase realism, and using R2 will allow players to add different styles to their close control. Speed can be varied, and the ball can be cushioned as players move within a 360-degree circle. Expect to see players knocking balls past each other, nutmegs and plenty of hold-up play.

To balance defense with these new attacking options, Konami is introducing Response Defending. Players can now slow attacks, check runs and steal the ball from a parallel position. The best defenders will use aerial dominance and physicality to turn over play. Goalkeepers get a bit of attention too, with a power gauge appearing when the ball is thrown out, allowing for more accurate distribution of the ball and the possibility of quick counter-attacks.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2013

Konami are focussing much of their attention on what they call Player ID. "The very best players in PES 2013 will be instantly recognisable via incredible likeness and signature attributes, skills and tricks that bring them to life. The way they run, turn, trap and move the ball, shape to shoot and even celebrate will be noticeably different during play."

There is also more individuality to Goalkeepers. New animations and play styles have been implemented to improve authenticity in this position: "This level of realism also extends to the game's top-rated goal keepers, with their moves to close attacks down, fling themselves to tip a shot past the post, and in-goal acrobatics benefiting from all new animations and AI."

ProActive AI is Konami's attempt to unite improved control with refined authenticity. The ProActive AI system eradicates "any illogical elements to the way players move and run". The aim is to create a more realistic game experience. Tactical Precision improves how teams attack and defend together: "Teams track back or pelt forward, setting a harder to beat defensive line, teams adjusting faster to ball gain or loss, allowing for quicker counters."

The thing that most fans wanted to see in PES 2013 was enhanced goal keepers, and Konami has acquiesced to their request. Keepers will now respond with better reactions, clear their defensive lines more efficiently and will always look to play the ball into safety, rather than into dangerous areas of the pitch.

Konami are also boasting better connectivity and atmosphere. The popular myPES app will link fans via Facebook, and the game's audio has been tweaked to greater improve atmosphere in games.

"This is an exciting time to be part of the PES community, and PES 2013 marks a new level of playability with the return to our key ethos of utter control and freedom," commented Jon Murphy, European PES Team Leader.

"Football is all about making magic happen with skill and precision, and PES 2013 truly encapsulates this. Fresh faces within the development team and some very exciting ideas will breathe new life into the PES series, and we look forward to showing what we can do in the coming months."

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