Another year, another Pro Evolution Soccer game on the way. Konami today announced that the new Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 will be running on Kojima Production's fancy new FOX Engine, to "match the bespoke and complex demands of a football title." That being said, the game will not be heading to Xbox One or PS4. Handhelds 3DS and Vita won't see PES 2014 either.
Even so, the game looks pretty damn good. Along with upgraded visuals, the new PES will feature some new elements that make it superior to its predecessor. First, you've got TrueBall Tech, which lets players trap of knock on a pass using thumbsticks. "Detailed barycentric physics" help determine a player's weight shift, height, and speed of the pass, while you get to control the player's angle as they receive the pass. So basically PES 2014 has better ball physics.
The Motion Animation Stability System (M.A.S.S. for short) is another new thing, and governs "the bodily contact" between players on the field.
Finally, we have Heart. Yes, "Heart." If a player is feeling really crap for whatever reason, other players can actually rally them, simulating that oh-so-important team spirit. In Konami's own words: "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."
In response to some fans wondering about why the game wouldn't be hitting next-gen consoles, PES European community manager Adam Bhatti took to Twitter. When someone expressed surprise that Konami would allow EA (and FIFA 14) to get a head start on the next generation, Bhatti said, "Not in the business for highres nextgen ports. We can't and shouldn't do that. Bad habit etc."
He also pointed out that PES holds the top spot in Asia/Latam, so Konami won't be making the next-gen shift as quickly as Europe.