September release date will mark the series’ 20th anniversary.
Last month, the demise of PES 2016 was refuted thanks to outright denials by the people who have worked on previous versions of the game. Today, Konami officially announced the latest version of the game will indeed be hitting consoles this fall and the company released a ton of information about the game along with the release month. One of the top pieces of good news for fans of the soccer series is that it will basically be coming on every platform other than mobile you can think of.
The game looks to be coming with a ton of different tweaks and improvement from last year’s version and realism appears to be the goal from Konami for PES 2016. The company says that when players on the field collide, they will react like they would in a real game. Goalkeepers have also had their animations souped up in order to look more like the real thing. Weather and ball physics have also gotten tweaks so they will react as they would in the real world and so they will affect the game as they would if you were smack dab in the middle of a real match.
One more little touch when it comes to bringing realism is a revamped commentary system. As is the case with most sports games, the banter between in-game announcers can get a bit old quickly but Konami has put together a ton of new storylines and comments about transfers and team performance have been updated and improved as well. Considering the game is having to take on the bigger and better known FIFA series, developers are hoping these changes will also improve interest in the series on a global level.
PES 2016 is coming to the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC on September 15 in North America, September 17 in Europe and September 18 in the UK.