Fans of the Pro Evolution Soccer franchise can start to get excited as Konami has confirmed a full content list for PES 2015, along with release dates for both the full game and a demo. PES 2015 will be drop November 13, rather than the traditional release month of September, in what seems a rather odd move. This not only seats the game firmly in the ultra competitive release month of November, but also means giving their competitors almost a two month head start with FIFA 15 planned for September.
To make up for the somewhat delayed full release, there is a playable demo planned for September 17 which not coincidentally a full week before the release of FIFA 15. That should help draw some attention away but it will be hard to compete with the full release of a rival game all the same.
PES 2015 brings a host of additions, changes and improvements to the series with its latest edition. A pledge of “a return to core PES values of total control, utterly responsive controls and unrestricted gameplay” has been emphasised heavily. A string of other changes, including the potentially controversial introduction of micro-transactions, are also planned. Let's go into a lightning round.
- After missing in last years version the Stadium Editor makes a return for PES 2015, along with a new batch of licensed stadia. Players will also find that they're allowed to bring their own stadium to life by customizing the pitch patterns, sideline colors, seat colors and goal net design.
- For the first time in the series, second tiers have been added to the existing league structures in England, Spain, Italy and France, giving players the option of taking on a wider range of challenges. A number of real life managers will also be making their debut in the series, though so far only in the European and Latin American regions.
- A whole new cooperative game mode has also been introduced. Role Control allows three players to work together by dividing the pitch into three broad areas with each player responsible for either Defence, Midfield or Attack.
- There are a welcome number of improvements to both the Master League and Become A Legend modes. New cut-scenes and National Super Cups have been brought into the Master League mode, plus a revised structure for player growth, transfers, managers and auto-match settings. Training modes have been enhanced for Become A Legend, allowing for specific match simulations along with new recruitment and transfer systems.
- The online modes have been bolstered with a new Quick Match mode to speed up the process of matchmaking for those players who just want to get into a game. Dedicated 11vs11 lobbies will also be available for anyone seeking a full 22 player online experience. In an effort to combat cheating a “courtesy system” has been introduced, unfortunately not much is known about just how this new system will work.
When PES 2015 does finally arrive on November 13 it be releasing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The demo will also be available across all release platforms and will be available from September 17, though there are no indications of its limitations as of yet.