Konami Talks Pro Evolution Soccer 6
Konami today released further details on Pro Evolution Soccer 6, confirming that the title will be making its next-generation debut on the Xbox 360 at the Leipzig Games Convention.
Boasting improved visuals, enhanced animations and a plethora of gameplay additions, the Xbox 360 version will be joined by the PlayStation2, PSP, Nintendo DS and PC versions, all scheduled for release in October.
With the sixth title in the series, Shingo ‘Seabass’ Takatsuka and his team have incorporated a variety of new features and improvements, ranging from player AI enhancements to advancements to the physics engine, resulting in players working to turn defenders as they receive the ball, and defenders standing slightly off to prevent such moves.
Pro Evolution Soccer 6 also features an improved shooting technique, which introduces a greater selection of snap shots and re-worked volleys and half-volleys. Players can also retain control of the ball with a sliding tackle (thank you Konami), along with all-new feints and tricks courtesy of the reworked dribbling system.
More importantly, Konami have continued to secure licenses for Pro Evolution Soccer 6, which will feature the fully-licensed kits for the Czech, French, Australian, English, Italian, Argentinian, Spanish and Swedish national sides. The French Championat league has also been added, in addition to agreements with Bayern Munich, Sporting Lisbon, Olympiacos and Manchester United.
Finally the online aspects of the PlayStation2 and PC version have been tweaked, implementing a new system that allows up to eight players to compete via four linked systems.
“Pro Evolution Soccer 6 is one of the most eagerly-awaited games of the year, and we are delighted to be able to come to the Games Convention with so many exciting advances to announce,” commented Martin Schneider, Sales and Marketing Director for Konami in Germany. “As we show the first Next Generation version of the game for Xbox 360, we are sure that visitors to the Konami stand will see that the future of the Pro Evolution Soccer series is very bright indeed.”
Terry Re-Signs For Pro Evo 6
Konami has today confirmed that England captain John Terry will be making an appearance on the UK box art of Pro Evolution Soccer 6, alongside the previously announced Adriano.
The game, which will be released later in 2006, will be making its debut on Xbox 360, alongside current-gen versions for PlayStation2, PC, PSP, and DS.
“John Terry is a player admired and respected by virtually all football fans and known for giving his all for club and country. As such, we were determined to get him on board for the new game,” commented Jon Murphy, UK PR and Marketing Manager for Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH. “He was an absolute pleasure to work with during the promotion of Pro Evolution Soccer 5 as his enthusiasm and obvious love of the game shone through. He is already a brilliant advocate of Pro Evolution Soccer 6 – and is chomping at the bit to get his hands on the latest version. We look forward to working with him in the coming year.”
“As a life-long fan of the Pro Evolution Soccer series, I am delighted to be working with Konami for the second year running,” John Terry added. “No other game can touch Pro Evolution Soccer 6 in terms of realism. The way the players move on and off the ball is second to none, and I am honoured to be the face of the best football title around.”
Brazilian soccer legend fronts Pro Evo 6
Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH has just sent word to SPOnG that Pro Evolution Soccer 6’s ‘pan-European front man’ is to be Adriano – the renowned Brazil and Inter Milan striker.
Adriano is one of the most respected, not to mention the most dangerous strikers in the game right now, and is sure to be a household name by the end of the current World Cup. Especially if we see a Brazil-England final, which some crazy SPOnG staffers have actually put money on due to being given incredible odds (yes, there’s a reason for that lads! – Ed).
So it’s a shrewd move from Konami. Adriano was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1982, starting his career for Brazilian league club Flamengo, before signing for Inter Milan a year later and making his international debut for Brazil against Colombia in 2000.
Pro Evolution Soccer 6 will be here in November, on both current and new formats, plus both PSP and DS handheld versions.
Commenting on his new signing, Adriano said: “I am really looking forward to working with Konami on what everyone knows to be the most realistic football game around… Pro Evolution Soccer 6 is known worldwide for its quality and I am delighted to be associated with such a fine series.”
Adriano may well never have played Pro Evo before, he may well not even care for videogames one jot, it doesn’t really matter. He’s a footballing legend, and he has the additional Brucey bonus of also having a single name that sounds like he’s a rock star too.
Martin Schneider, European Marketing bossman for Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH, had the following to say about the Adriano deal: “Adriano is rightly regarded as a player with skill, pace and passion – all key elements to success in Pro Evolution Soccer 6… further new signings will be announced in the coming weeks.”
Here is the offical PES6 PC Demo: http://dl.konami-europe.net/Konami_PES6_PC_DEMO.zip.