Slated for a Winter 2007 release, the new edition marks the first time that the world's best-selling soccer video game franchise has exclusively used the Pro Evolution moniker in North America. While the name may be new, Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 combines the attention to detail that has always been the series' hallmark and has made Pro Evolution the world's definitive soccer title for any format.
"Pro Evolution Soccer has already established its brand as one of the most well-known video games in Europe and amongst core soccer fans around the world. Introducing the same brand name in the North American market is the first step of our global strategy," said Anthony Crouts, Vice President of Marketing, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "The franchise continues to capture all of the subtleties that make soccer the world's top sport and this year's new enhancements help bring the experience to a new level of perfection. Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 is destined to go down in history as the greatest soccer video game to date."
Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 shoots and scores with the renowned on-the-money controls which create one of the most authentic soccer experiences in video gaming history. The new game boasts the revolutionary Teamvision AI system, a proprietary element that actively monitors the player's onscreen movements and adapts accordingly, forcing the player to consider their own strategic play more carefully. Other new additions include amazing attention to aesthetic detail as faces contort and shirts crease during a match, extensive Edit modes in all Next Generation versions, and closer control than ever before.
Adding to the authenticity, Portuguese midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo will be the face of the latest version of the multi-million selling Pro Evolution Soccer series. Regarded as one of the most exciting talents of the modern game, the 22-year-old is a permanent fixture on the Portuguese national squad. His incredible ball control and trademark skills have seen him receive countless awards, including both the PFA's 2007 Player and Young Player of the Year awards. As part of the deal, Ronaldo will appear on the packaging and point-of-sale materials for Pro Evolution Soccer 2008.
Featuring real players, a large variety of licensed teams, photo-realistic graphics, and a huge variety of stadiums, gamers will be able to re-create the same excitement that surrounds the world's most popular sport. As with previous releases, the ball is treated as a separate entity, with the timing of shots completely controlled by the player, while the new AI ensures that defenders work to close down space and block efforts on goal. Similarly, distribution of passes works along the same lines, with players using the space available to them to switch the ball. Dribbling control has also been enhanced, and a number of subtle moves have been added to bypass defenders in order to move the ball into space.
Marking the series' first appearance on the PLAYSTATION 3 system, and its second Xbox 360 outing, these and the PC-DVD 'Next Generation' versions of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008's are further enhanced by stunning aesthetic elements. Player features have been taken to incredible levels with full facial animation and the high-definition detail afforded by the hardware shows full movement and subtle details on the various uniforms during the course of a match. All 'Next Gen' versions will also benefit from an extensive Edit mode, allowing them to customize their Pro Evolution experience.