Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. officially announced last week the new online experience for players in Pro Evolution Soccer 2014. As a free day one patch, players connecting their game online will immediately unlock the Friendly Match Lobby and Ranking Match, allowing for sophisticated match making and leaderboard rankings. Master League Online mode also makes its triumphant return.
A second patch for the game will also be released in the weeks after the initial launch. The patch will give players access to the full online suite for PES 2014. This patch brings the 11 vs. 11 multiplayer features. To complement the 11 vs. 11 match up, new matchmaking support systems will place similarly ranked players together for a deliberately balanced match. Roster updates and cosmetic improvements, including facial features and overall aesthetics will be included in the second patch.
According to the press release:
PES 2014 marks major advancements for the popular soccer game, with the inclusion of Konami’s proprietary developed by Kojima Productions, FOX Engine in their overhauled football-specific production system. Utilizing this new technology allowed the PES Production team to focus on recreating many of the tangible skills of your favorite players and teams, such as ball movements (TrueBall Tech), and sophisticated AI (TeamPlay). Fans will also see personalized animations and celebrations(PES ID)to bring their highlights to life. Finally, the intangible elements, such as stadium crowds and player energy will play a larger impact on the momentum of the match through the Heart system, linking close to the user’s performance in gameplay.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 will hit stores beginning September 24. The digital version of the game will also be available for download beginning on September 24th on the PlayStation®Network Store and beginning October 1st on XBOX®Live Arcade.
A free playable demo for PES 2014 is available now through XBOX Live Arcade and PlayStation Network.