PES Cover Star Revealed
We all love a good cover star story! Well, maybe not ALL, but its at least a bit interesting to see whose face will be stuck on the front of a game for at least 12 months. Just me again then? Konami have released their latest press statement to accompany news that former cover star, one Cristiano Ronaldo, is to return on their promotional material and packaging. Yes, this does mean the original star of the past two games, Lionel Messi, is no longer representing the game, and unfornately, the ‘dream’ cover of Messi AND Ronaldo won’t happen. The cover mages are included around this very article, and are thumbnailed if you want to have a closer look! The full press release is stated below. Enjoy!
Ronaldo Kicks Off PES 2012 Campaign
Massive advances in gameplay embodied by midfield ace cover star
Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH has revealed the packshot for its forthcoming PES 2012 title. The game, which is released September 28th/October 14th for PlayStation®3, Xbox 360® and Windows PC, features new cover star Cristiano Ronaldo and personifies the many advances the game offers.
The cover shows the Real Madrid maestro on the ball in an image that embodies the many advances and options that are central to PES 2012: total control both on and off the ball. PES 2012 gives the user more control than any other football title, with all-new AI elements and off-the-ball control creating a game where the user can move players into dangerous areas during set pieces, or control second player to create space or make runs using the new Teammate Control system.
Similarly, at the heart of PES 2012 is the Active AI system where players will drop into space, draw defenders out of position, and make diagonal runs as in real matches. This creates a game that flows and moves just like a top-level game, and also create the defence-splitting passes and glorious attacks that has elevated Cristiano Ronaldo to the top of his game.
“With so much emphasis on the movement of players and their individual abilities in PES 2012, we wanted the cover to feature a star known for their ability to change a game with one skillful move and to show that person doing what they do best,” explained Jon Murphy, European PES Team Leader for Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH. “As such, the image features Cristiano shaping to hit the ball: whether to ping a long pass across field, picking out dangerous runs, or creating something out of seemingly nothing. He is the perfect embodiment of everything we have set out to do with the game this year.”
“I am flattered that KONAMI has chosen me to be the face of PES 2012, and by their reasoning behind the cover image,” enthused the Real Madrid Number 7. “PES 2012 to me is the perfect recreation of football, and truly highlights the way teams work together to create attacks, make space and break down defences. I think anyone that plays it will get a better understanding of the mechanics of football and how players work together. It is never about one player, it is about the team – and PES 2012 demonstrates that better than any other game.”
Cristiano Ronaldo will also feature on the covers and marketing assets for the PlayStation®2 and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) versions of PES 2012, which are on sale on October 27th/28th and for the Wii™ version out on November 3rd/4th.