Following Pro Evolution Soccer 2016’s official announcement only a few days ago, Konami has announced when fans of the series can expect to pick up this year’s iteration – confirming that the game will be out on the 18th of September, just a week before FIFA 16 is scheduled to release.
As well as confirming a release date, Konami also released details on improvements and enhancements that will hopefully make the game the best one yet.
PES 2016 has a plethora of new gameplay improvements, of those the most notable ones are the Advanced Collision System, which has players act more naturally when they’re tackled in game to emulate that of the real game, aerial battles seeing a significant improvement, better 1v1 control, improved defense, intelligent player AI that will see players make runs and faints to break through opposition defense, smarter goalkeepers and for the first time in PES history – celebration control, which will have players manually celebrate after scoring a goal instead of watching an animation play out.
Other changes in PES 2016 include a completely revitalized and revamped Master League, new visuals, dynamic weather which will see different weather scenarios play out over the course of a game, a plethora of new player animations and new ball physics that are designed to emulate the ball’s movement more realistically. myClub has been updated as well, a new camera angle has been added called Dynamic Wide which gives players a larger field of vision, commentators Peter Drury and Marco Hagemann have been added in for the UK and German leagues as well as having a substantial amount of new lines and specific player stories recorded to help make the game feel more realistic. For those with a PlayStation 4 and a PlayStation 3, players can import images into the game, replicating any team kit or emblem you want – including managers, too.
Pre-order bonuses for the game have also been announced, with an Anniversary Edition available for PlayStation owners that will see them get a Steelbook to celebrate PES’ long history with the PlayStation family.
The Day One Edition of PES 2016 on all consoles will come with a myClub player loan for Neymar Jr, the game’s cover star, as well as a player from the Team of The Year 2014, 10,000 GP (game credits) for 10 weeks, 10 recovery items and 3 player contracts. The Anniversary Edition — which is exclusive to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 — includes all of the above as well as 10,000 GP for 20 weeks instead of 10, 20 recovery items, 5 player contracts, 1000 myClub coins and the aforementioned Steelbook. Those who pre-order the game digitally will be entitled to everything included in the Day One Edition except they’ll receive 5 player contracts, 20 recovery items and 10,000 GP for 15 weeks.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 will also retain exclusivity on the UEFA Champions League and Europa League competitions, and will do so for the next three iterations.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 launches on the 17th of September on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.