It’s that time of the year again: Konami is gearing up for the next season of soccer gaming with the annual Pro Evolution Soccer 2013. While last year’s edition of the game put in a solid performance, we were left questioning if Konami could really differentiate themselves from the massively-funded FIFA franchise, which has an absolute majority market share of the soccer gaming market.

While only time will tell, we’re excited to see what Konami can bring to plate for PES 2013.

We’re excited to take Pro Evolution Soccer back to its roots, which is all about freedom and control.” said Tomoyuki Tsuboi, President of Konami Digital Entertainment. Pro Evo is introducing a three-pronged attack for new features in a clear move to gain ground where FIFA has been leading in terms of gameplay:

  • FullControl: Advanced physics, degrees of freedom and first touch impact),
  • PlayerID: Unique animations and attributes to famous – and infamous – players),
  • ProactiveAI: Enhanced balance of gameplay and the way players react).

While the gameplay additions certainly sound like they have the potential to greatly improve the experience, the graphics are certainly pretty snazzy as well:

The game will be released around Autumn this year, giving fans and developers alike plenty of time to warm up to the title. In the meantime, Konami has allowed a first glimpse at the upcoming project featuring a clever mix between live-action footage of Cristiano Ronaldo and his in-game counterpart.

You can take your first look at PES 2013 here:


European PES Team Leader Jon Murphy is certainly excited for this season’s edition of PES, citing that it was an exciting time to be part of the development team:

Football is all about making magic happen with skill and precision, and PES 2013 truly encapsulates this. Fresh faces within the development team and some very exciting ideas will breathe new life into the PES series, and we look forward to showing what we can do in the coming months.

What do you think about Pro Evolution Soccer 2013? Is a title you’ll be looking to add to your collection?

Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 is set to launch on PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Nintendo Wii, PS2, PSP and 3DS. Surprisingly, the struggling Vita has been left completely out the line-up for the time being.

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