PES 2012 Gamescom News Blowout!

by on August 17, 2011

A certain other Football game may have had its day yesterday, but today at Gamescom has very much belonged to PES 2012. A plethora of information has been revealed, including the new cover star, the demo, some screenshots and myPES.

Starting with the simplest item, the new cover star for PES 2012 is to be Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. It might seem like an obvious choice, with Messi being dropped from the cover, but nonetheless, Cristiano Ronaldo is a world class player, and known by football fans everywhere.

“Cristiano Ronaldo embodies everything we are trying to achieve with PES 2012,” commented Jon Murphy, European PES Team Leader. “He is quick, skilful, with an eye for a pass, and devastating in attack. His movement and energy brighten any game, and we are delighted that he has agreed to work with us in the pivotal title in the PES series.”

“I have long admired the PES series, but what KONAMI has achieved this year is remarkable,” Ronaldo enthused. “Football is all about teams working together and making assists and runs that create attacking opportunities. KONAMI has recreated this perfectly, and PES 2012 is a brilliant simulation of a real match. If you know football, you are going to want to spend some time with this amazing game.”

Next up, it was revealed that the first of two demo’s for PES 2012 would be hitting next week. Yes, next week!

On top of that, a new feature entitled myPES was also unveiled:

myPES has been designed and produced in collaboration with argonauten G2 and is a Facebook Application that emphasises the social elements of PES 2012 via connections with the PlayStation®3, Xbox 360® and Windows PC versions of PES 2012. It allows like-minded fans to get together through PES 2012, whether it be comparing various match stats, or setting up leagues and groups with friends on Facebook. Results from matches played both online and offline between two people can be uploaded by the user. The myPES App needs to be installed on Facebook and can be connected with the game via the Personal Data settings. An update available to download for PES 2012 users planned for the day of release will add this functionality to the game.

Players will receive rewards for their activities, with game-related bonuses on offer for specific goals or tasks being attained, while bonuses related to the use of the myPES App are also offered. Finally, there will be hidden bonuses, which will contain further special surprises.

“Social networks are a vital part of our lives – and PES is a game that is social in nature, creating debate and competition while getting people together,” commented Florian Stronk, European Director of Online and Social Media for Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH. “PES 2012 constantly surprises, and myPES is perfect for showing the sheer diversity of those that play it. The unique Badge system within the App will encourage people to play matches with different teams, experiment with tactics, and eventually make new friends from all over the globe.”
“Connecting a PC- and Console-Game directly to the biggest social network is a true innovation in the gaming industry: No one has made an app like that before!” commented Maik Hofmann, Unit Director for argonauten G2. “Working without any benchmark – neither in concept nor in technology – made the myPES project very demanding. And that´s exactly how we like it!”

Finally, as if that wasn’t enough PES 2012 information, we also have a brand new set of screenshots to enjoy!

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PES 2012 is due out on October 14th for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. The PlayStation 2 and PSP versions will be released on October 28th, with the Nintendo Wii version shipping on November 4th.