PES 2011, or Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 for those of you not familiar with the football/soccer game which competes annually with FIFA for the title of best football game each year, is coming to Windows Phone 7.
For many years the PES franchise was viewed at the true footballing choice as it captured the tension of the real game and required dedication and true skill to consistently win matches. In recent years, FIFA has arguably taken over but PES still has a hardcore following, especially in Europe, and these are the people who will be pleased with the news that they will soon be able to hone their PES skills while away from their home.
The Windows 7 version is a bespoke version created especially for Windows Phone 7 but Konami promise to deliver the same game experience in the palm of your hand as the home console versions. Of course, being a Windows Phone 7 version means more achievement opportunities too.
According to the press release, UEFA Champions League™ and UEFA Europa League™ are officially licenced but this also means that when you play with or against a team from a domestic league you will have to get used to the obscure names that PES gives them due to not have the licences.
The Windows Phone 7 version of the game also introduces the ‘true flow™’ system, which allows users to determine the level of control they use, either using AI-supported controls, or opting to use on-screen buttons to mimic those of a conventional joypad controller. There isn’t much more detail on what exactly this ‘true flow™’ system brings to the party but as we approach the release date I’m sure we’ll hear more about it.
Here are a couple of quotes from Konami and Microsoft on this announcement.
“PES 2011 arrives on a new format, bringing its intense realism and stunning gameplay to a whole new audience,” commented Florian Stronk, Head of Network Business Development for Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH. “PES gamers can now hone their skills while away from their system, while the true ethos of PES – skill, timing and beautiful football – can be enjoyed at any time, everywhere.”
“It is great to see best in class game franchises such as PES 2011 coming to Windows Phone 7, cementing the fact that it is fast becoming a leading gaming platform. Windows Phone 7 is a great platform for PES 2011 and I am looking forward to the game’s release” Ron Pessner, General Manager, Microsoft.
PES 2011 will be released for Windows Phone 7 early 2011.