PES 2018 has just been officially announced. Konami has dropped a teaser trailer with a few details on what to expect from the latest soccer game when it arrives on the confirmed release date, September 12 for North America and September 14 for Europe. The graphics are seriously impressive.

1 GAMEPLAY MASTERCLASS

The world renowned gameplay quality has been finely tuned and refined to recreate the authenticity of the beautiful game, including a more realistic game speed.

Strategic Dribbling gives the user significantly more control in possession, with the addition of contextual shielding to protect the ball, as well as simple stick controls triggering realistic, subtle movements to wrong foot defenders.

Real Touch+ adds a new dimension to ball control, with full body touch allowing various parts of the body to control the ball based on the unpredictability of the ball movement.

Set pieces have been reworked with a new Free Kick and Penalty Kick system, alongside the option to choose the new one player kick off.

2 ENHANCED VISUAL REALITY

Realistic visuals recreate the authenticity of football, all the way down to the finer details thanks to Real Capture.

The benefits include true-to-life stadium lighting for day and night matches, pitch turfs and player tunnels that were recreated from more than 20,000 intricate elements of genuine data that was collected at the Camp Nou and Signal Iduna Park.

Players have been motion captured in equally realistic environments, allowing for a complete rework of the animation system, starting with core movement such as walking, turning and body posture.

Additionally, player models have been completely changed, with special attention paid to kit fitting and short size.

Players photo scanned from partner teams will receive full body tattoos.

3 ONLINE CO-OP

A new mode dedicated to 2v2 and 3v3 co-op play, with support for local guests. Play together with friends, take your team to the top or simply have some fun via one-off casual matches.

4 NEW MODES & FEATURES

The fan favourite RANDOM SELECTION MATCH returns with new presentation and features. Experience life as manager in MASTER LEAGUE with pre-season tournaments, an improved transfer system and new presentation elements, including pre-match interviews and locker room scenes.

5 PRESENTATION OVERHAUL

New UI for all menus and real player images for gameplan screen and myClub, as well as new in-game presentation giving the game a new broadcast feel.

6 PES LEAGUE INTEGRATION

Compete in PES League in new modes including myClub, Random Selection Match and Online co-op.

7 SIGNIFICANT PC IMPROVEMENTS

PC Steam version undergoes substantial enhancements in graphics and content, meeting quality standards and ensuring parity across all current gen platforms.

PES Excitement 

I am personally interested to see what’s in store for the career mode Master League this time and I am happy that the presentation is going to be improved.

Another exciting announcement is that the PC version will now be the PS4 version of the game. Previously, the PC version was simply a last gen port. Now PC players will not only be able to play the current gen version on the PC, but can now take advantage of mods with the fantastic features and gameplay of the PS4 version. I am interested to see what the community can come up with for the PC version. Stadium mods would be fantastic to see on the current gen version of PES.

It’s an exciting time to be a PES fan.

To pre-order head over to the PES site where you can receive my club rewards and a PS4 theme. https://www.konami.com/wepes/2018/us/en-us/

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Anthony Madden
Anthony is a writer, YouTuber and music producer from North London in the United Kingdom. Anthony is a huge soccer fan and follows the English Premier League closely and most notably, Spurs. Anthony is a huge fan of soccer games and loves PES and FIFA. He has been playing FIFA as early as FIFA 99.