Konami has today revealed some of the changes that it’s making to the online modes of this year’s PES 2012.
The main change is that the game now supports eight player online matches while Facebook functionality has also been added in the form of myPES, a special tool that allows users to invite friends into bespoke leagues.
Finally the online Champions League mode will provide a better all-round experience, while smoother matchmaking will see friends and people with good reps pitted against each other, with players with poor reputations will stick together.
We have our copy now, although we are not going to bring you our review until closer to release.
Here’s Konami’s take on the changes, along with some new screens.
The game’s Master League Online retains the competitive basis as users steer their club to glory against other like-mined users, but the popular option has been tailored to offer a more realistic experience. Team styles can now be altered to benefit the user’s favoured playing style, with options to choose from balanced play, physical, speed, technique, set-pieces and teamwork. The use of contract periods for players has also been introduced and players may have to be sold if their wage and improved contract demands cannot be met. Likewise, the fitness – even injuries – of players is more realistic, with more continuity between matches.
PES 2012 is a game designed to play with and against friends, and the game now offers matches for up to eight people via the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC versions. To complement this, Community Mode has been improved to give users access to a wider range of opponents. Community groups of up to 100 users can be joined, and there are Bulletin Boards for members to pass on messages to each other. Similarly, inter-community matches have been incorporated to add rivalry between the groups.
The general match-making elements of online play in PES 2012 have also been overhauled. Players are now more likely to be pitched against a rival whose manner resembles their own. Those disconnecting to thwart a defeat will also be blocked from competitions and players with poor reputations will be pitted against one another and the whole PES 2012 online system has been enhanced to offer a smoother experience.