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PES 2014 Will Feature New Engine To Give FIFA 14 A Run For Its Money

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Konami today announced that PES 2014, scheduled for release later this year, will feature a brand-new game engine that will allow for “the most comprehensive advance for the PES range since its inception.”

The new system for PES 2014 will use the Fox Engine at its core. “The team have extended and enhanced Fox Engine to match the bespoke and complex demands of a football title,” says Konami in an official statement.

“Working from the ground up, PES Productions have strived to rework every element of play, creating a fresh and energetic new standard for football titles. In addition to noticeably improved graphics and seamless animation, the thrust of the new system’s power has been used to redefine the way football is played on a home system. Gone are the limitations imposed by dated animation systems and AI elements, and instead PES 2014 boasts a central core that perfectly mimics the skill and awareness that elevates the world’s greatest players above their peers.

“Six central tenets combine to establish PES 2014 as a new benchmark in football simulations, governing everything from the way the player receives and controls the ball, the physicality of play, and the “feel” of match-day: the rush and euphoria or crushing lows that experiencing an important games can bring. As such, the key pillars on which PES 2014 is based are:

  • TrueBall Tech: For the first time in a football simulation, PES 2014 centres everything on the ball: how it moves, and how players use it. First touch and sublime control are what set certain players apart from others. The ability to not only read a pass, but to be one step ahead and to know what is needed to gain yards on an encroaching defender. TrueBall Tech allows the player to trap or knock on a pass using the analogue stick with detailed barycentric physics determining the weight shift of the player and the height and speed of the pass, as to how the player’s body will automatically shape to receive it.Thus, the player has total control in determining how their body is angled to receive a pass, whereas previous football titles present the user with scant options. Instead, TrueBall Tech means that it can be chested or nodded past an opponent, flicked into space or to a team mate, while closer dribbling control is a much more personal attribute in the new game.The PES series has long since treated the ball as an individual entity, allowing the player huge amounts of freedom to pass into space, run on to a knocked-on counter, or produced short triangular passes to make space. TrueBall Tech adds even more freedom, with the player’s movements worked around those of the ball and, unlike any other football title, as opposed to the other way round. Players will be able to truly control the free-moving ball, use its pace or alter its movement to master close control in PES 2014.The result is a game that offers full 360-degree, two-footed control within several yards around the player. In addition to steering the ball with subtle movements, there is the ability to shield the ball from opposing players, use deft controls to wrong-foot them, and intuitive methods to master close control.
  • Motion Animation Stability System (M.A.S.S.): The physical combat between players is a vital part of any match, and the new M.A.S.S. component simulates the bodily contact between multiple players within bespoke animations that segue seamlessly into each other. Rather than a series of preset animations that occur under specific circumstances, M.A.S.S. acts instantly to any situation, with the reaction of a fouled player entirely dependent on the direction and force with which they are tackled. Dependent on factors such as their size and power, players will stumble but instantly recover if clipped, barge others off the ball, and use their stature to block players from possession. Similarly, PES 2014 now has more styles of tackle, as opposed to basic foot in or sliding types.Tackling also becomes more integral to PES 2014′s quest for realism, with clashes of players utilising the TrueBall physics to ensure the ball reacts as it would in a real game. As players fight for a 50-50 ball, their result challenge will see the ball bobbling into space, or emerging  at the feet of the triumphant player.The integration of the M.A.S.S. element has also facilitated new advances in one-on-one situations. The individual battles between key players can determine the outcome of a match, so particular emphasis has been made on such battles in PES 2014. Defenders will put greater pressure on the attacking player, by tussling for possession, standing back to restrict passing opportunities, or making the tackle. Likewise, attackers are faced with ether trying to outpace the defender while retaining possession, feinting to gain advantage, or passing, dribbling or shooting when space allows. The result allows for incredibly open games, where the attributes and skills of the players come to the fore in personal feuds all over the pitch.
  • Heart: Defining what makes football so engrossing is difficult. It isn’t a technical thing, but more an emotional hook. Matches can be imposing for visiting teams, as home support barracks the opposition, and acts as the infamous “twelfth man” by cheering their side on. PES 2014′s ”Heart” aims to recreate the effects of team support, both on an individual player basis and across the entire team.Each player in the game now employs mental attributes in addition to playing styles and skills, and can be adversely affected when having a poor game. However, if an individual is not playing well, his team mates can rally round and will work to support him. Similarly, one moment of individual brilliance can produce a galvanising effect on team mates. The cauldron effect of a vibrant stadium will showcase the mood of the fans, with all-new sound effects combining with stunning AI systems to create a palpable match day atmosphere.
  • PES ID: PES 2013 set a new bar for realism, with its inclusion of the Player ID system. For the first time, players could instantly recognise a player by their faithfully recreated running and play styles. The way a player ran, moved and spread the ball about would be identical to that of their real-life counterpart, and PES 2013 featured 50 players that utilised the system.For PES 2014, that number will be greatly expanded, with twice as many stars featuring bespoke animations and AI.
  • Team Play: Via the new game’s innovative Combination Play users can set up a variety of different tactics in key areas of the pitch using three or more players. These players will make very different off-the-ball runs to exploit holes in the defence or midfield, using the flanks, curved runs, or overlapping play to make themselves available. These moves can be preset to key areas of the field, allowing users to exploit defensive weaknesses beforehand.
  • The Core: PES Productions have undertaken several years of consultation with PES and football fans to reproduce key elements of the series and implement a wide range of additional improvements.Visually, the game will benefit from an incredible level of acuity, from the weave of the kits, through to facial movement, and a new animation process that offers slick segues from one move to the next, with no pauses or restrictions on control. Stadia will be faithful to real-life, with the entrances to the pitches recreated, crowds that move during the course of the game The new system also allows for a new light-mapping effect, adding a natural look to the proceedings. The flow of a match has also been improved, with tactical decisions made on the fly, and the removal of cut scenes after specific events.Free kicks and penalties have also been radically changed. Control over free kicks has been expanded with decoy runs added and short passes now unrestricted. To counter, players can now move the position of their keeper for the kick, while the wall will react to the kick instinctively to block or deflect the ball.Penalties now use a target guide that is changed according to the kicker’s ability and where they intend to place the ball. The goal keeper can now opt to move ahead of the kick, sensing when the penalty taker is not particularly strong.

MOREWatch the PES 2014 teaser trailer.

“PES 2014 will also mark the first appearance of the recently-signed Asia Champions League, adding a wealth of officially licensed clubs to the competition; and the new game will also exclusively retain its use of the UEFA Champions League club competition, with other tournaments expected to be announced shortly.”

PES 2014 will be released in 2013 on PlayStation3, Xbox 360, Windows PC and PSP.

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What are your thoughts about Konami’s announcement? With PES’s new engine and EA Sports laying off large numbers of their employees, could we see the gap between FIFA 14 and PES 2014 narrow this fall in terms of playability and sales? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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12 Responses to PES 2014 Will Feature New Engine To Give FIFA 14 A Run For Its Money

  1. CTBlues says:

    Kind of pissed that FIFA 14 on PC isn’t getting the new engine that PS4 and Xbone are getting. This is the closest consoles have been to a PC architechually since the original Xbox and EA is shafting the PC players.

    • Andrew Beck says:

      The hardware underneath is similar to the PC, but the API’s aren’t. The Xbox One is using DirectX 11.1 which to the best of my knowledge is only available on Windows 8. Since the majority of PC Gamers are still on Windows 7 (to the best of my knowledge), releasing a DirectX 11.1 game is probably not ideal. So it would require a port. That doesn’t even take into account the hardware specific API’s that Microsoft added for just the Xbox. The same situation exists with the PS4 version, except substitute OpenGL in place of DirectX 11.1.

      Also, the PS4 and Xbox one versions aren’t going to be ready until around Christmas. So even if they wanted to use the new engine, that would mean holding off on releasing the PC Game until then. It wouldn’t surprise me if EA released a paid option to upgrade the engine for the PC Game in January or so, but expecting it to use the new engine at launch isn’t likely.

      • CTBlues says:

        This is going to be the easiest time ever for “porting” from the new consoles to PC.

        It shouldn’t be a paid updated. They should do the same thing that they did for Crysis 2 when they released DX11 update for PC a couple months later for free.

  2. Matt says:

    They needed a serious reboot in the worst way. PES hasn’t been on Fifa’s level for 3 years now.

    I do hope it does well enough to keep carrying on, because competition will continue to drive both series forward. EA cannot become the only football sim, otherwise FIFA will go the way of Madden: no major innovations since 2005 when their competitor (2K) lost the licensing battle.

    • Jessica says:

      I miss the days where there were tons of sports games being made by different game makers. Seems like when EA bought Madden and 2K bought MLB, those two genres went downhill. Wish 2K would give soccer a chance.

  3. Frill Artist says:

    Just a whole bunch of buzz words from both FIFA and PES.

  4. David G says:

    PES has slightly better gameplay IMO, but not enough to make up for the lack of teams.

    Creating a Super European League of the top 38 clubs in Europe was fun but ruined Champs league.

    If you could mix FM franchise mode, FIFAs licenses, and PES gameplay…now that would be something.

    • chris says:

      wtf are you talking about the pes programing is the sh**tiest ever you try too shoot on one corner and the player decides to shot to the other what is that? plus the players look like aliens

  5. Jessica says:

    Doesn’t look like FIFA, Pro Evolution Soccer, Madden, NHL, or NBA is coming to Wii U now :( I feel ripped off by Nintendo. Wish all Wii U owners could get a refund.

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