Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. has unveiled its covers and DLC content for the eagerly-awaited Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 2014, which will be available in retail stores nationwide in North, Central and South America on September 24, 2013 for PlayStation®3 and Xbox®360.
As KONAMI is the exclusive holder of the UEFA Champions League competition, the game’s global packaging will highlight Pro Evolution Soccer 2014’s replication of the competition, rather than concentrating on players. PES embodies the aspirations, skill and determination that shine through in Europe’s premier club competition, and the new packshot uses the globally recognized branding of the tournament.
In addition to releasing the UEFA Champions League packshot, KONAMI has also released its Latin American covers for PES 2014, showcasing the players and leagues that make up some of the most exciting soccer squads in the world. Creating a global game with a local identity has made the PES franchise the best-selling game in the region, so it’s no surprise PES continues the tradition with regional packaging.
Brazil: The Brazil PES 2014 cover reaffirms the licensing of 21 teams throughout the country and features some of the country’s most renowned stars and teams including Santos, Palmeiras and Corinthians. Complete with kits and stadiums and local announcers, Brazilians will feel at home with PES 2014.
Argentina: New to the franchise this year, is the Argentinian Football Association (AFA) Primera División brings all 20 top level teams (and some of the corresponding home stadiums) into Pro Evolution Soccer 2014. KONAMI has also enlisted the talents of national football announcers and FOX Sports commentators, Mariano Closs and Fernando Neimbro, to call the action in each game. Some of the premier teams that will be included are River Plate, Boca Juniors, Newell’s Old Boys and Racing.
Chile: During the Festigame convention in Santiago, Chile, PES announced an agreement with the Asociación Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (ANFP) to bring all 18 Primera División teams to Pro Evolution Soccer 2014. The teams include Colo Colo, Universidad de Chile, Universidad Católica, Cobreloa, Unión Española, and more. In addition, PES 2014 will also feature local announcers Fernando Solabarrieta and Patricio (“Pato”) Yáñez, to call the action.
Latin America: PES 2014 also features a region wide cover, which pays homage to the Copa Bridgestone Libertadores teams, which are exclusively licensed in PES 2014.
KONAMI has also announced DLC elements for the new game, in addition to a number of pre-order elements. Fans who pre-order Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 from certain retailers will be given DLC codes to add classic Latin American and European kits to the main game.
These include famed sides such as AC Milan (1989-90), Manchester United (1998-99), Santos (1968), Colo Colo (1992) and Boca Juniors (1997). Additional digital pre-order DLC will add current third kits for teams such as Manchester United, Inter Milan and Juventus. Roster updates, new kit elements and additional DLC will also be regularly available during Pro Evolution Soccer 2014’s lifespan.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 marks a new beginning for the popular series, with its new FOX engine allowing for the most comprehensive advance in the PES franchise since its inception. For years, the PES Productions Team has looked at how matches ebb and flow to develop a new approach to football.
As a result, PES 2014 will use Kojima Production’s renowned Fox Engine at its core. Six central tenets (M.A.S.S., TrueBall Tech, Heart, PES ID, Team Play and Core) combine to establish PES 2014 as a new benchmark in football simulations. They govern everything from the way the player receives and controls the ball, the physicality of play, and the ‘feel’ of match-day: the rush of euphoria or crushing lows that experiencing an important game can bring.