Konami has officially revealed details regarding this year’s installment in its long-running Pro Evolution Soccer series – proving that an earlier leak promising new licensed leagues and major changes to the series’ MyClub and Master League modes was true.
- Master League: New licensed leagues are being added along with the pre-season International Champions Cup tournament. Furthermore, the transfer negotiation and budget systems have been redone, including re-sell and clean-sheet contract options. Konami says that more info on the official league licenses is coming in the future.
- Gameplay: 11 skill traits have been added for players, including rising/dipping shots and a no-look pass, and players’ stamina and fatigue is more evident. This makes substitutions more important, and the game has added a quick substitution menu so you don’t have to pause the game. Improvements have also been made to areas such as dribbling, ball trajectory and bounce, and players’ reaction animations.
- Visuals: Snow is back in the game and it affects gameplay, and the title supports 4K HDR. The lighting has been redone, and new animations have been added to the crowd. Konami says their excitement should be more evident in games as well.
- MyClub: Players with limited-time boosted stats and skills reflecting their real-life performance are available as well as new licensed Legend players. A new weekly PES League features multiple competitive divisions and rewards. Overall, the developer says that the way gamers go about building their squads will be different.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 comes out on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on August 28 in the Americas with Barcelona and Brazilian national team star Philippe Coutinho as the cover star. The game comes in Standard, David Beckham, and Legend Edition varieties, with pre-order gifts for the digital version. For more info on the game and its different versions versions head over to the official Konami site.
We’ll get our hands on the title at E3 in June, and can not only size up the gameplay but hopefully get a tour of the revamped Master League.
by Matthew Kato