Konami has officially announced Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 2017, and revealed the first new gameplay features coming to the follow-up to last year's game – which was widely heralded as a return to form, reviewing better than EA's Fifa 16.
PES 2017 will be shown off for the first time during the Uefa Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid this Saturday, 28 May. Konami will also be hosting the finals of the 2016 PES World Finals – an eSports event featuring 32 pro players.
The PES website revealed the host of improvements, tweaks and a few new and returning features coming to PES 2017. Chief among them are the ability to switch between attacking and defending mentalities, implement strategies, the addition of a ton of new animations and "adaptive AI", which will learn and react to how people play.
See how different players control the ball in unique and different ways based on where and how you control them, dictating the flow of the game based on how they react to the unpredictable movement of the ball.
Combining Real Touch and real ball physics, passing is an art form in PES 2017. Many factors determine the speed and accuracy of the ball. The pass that is made on the best situation and timing will generate a perfect trajectory, creating a great satisfaction when a killer pass is made.
Keepers see a great jump in quality through added motions and animations, creating the most agile keepers in PES history. Attacking moments will be more dramatic than ever, bringing the best feeling of achievement when that goal is scored.
Total Team Control
Users can instantly change the attacking and defending mentality of the team, which can be tweaked and carefully controlled with simple controls, being able to immediately react to the unpredictability of the sport.
Strategies that are quite individually defined such as Tiki-taka and Tight Marking, which is strongly based on team, ideology can be set in Advanced Instructions, which adds a huge variety in how you plan to win.
Corner Kick Strategies
Control the defensive strategies on a set piece, such as zonal marking or man to man. Offensive options are also included such as specific player movement.
For the first time in a football game, the AI will learn how you play! Player and team behaviour has always been a staple of the PES series, and for PES 2017 Adaptive AI will change sports games forever.
For PES 2017 the visuals have seen a major upgrade, offering Authentic Visuals thanks to the further incorporation of Fox Engine. Nothing has been left untouched, with player models, lighting, crowds, pitch and stadiums totally revamped. Never has a game looked so real.
Natural Player Movement
Hundreds of new animations have been added to bring the players and goalkeepers to life – but it doesn't stop there. New features such as Real Touch and Precise Pass see huge benefit, giving a vast array of movements when trapping and passing the ball.
More information regarding PES 2017 will be announced at E3 on 14 June.