October 10, 2008
First Wii Version Details for PES
New AI, more control and modes
galore as PES 2009 warms up for Wii
Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH
has revealed key gameplay additions to its forthcoming PES 2009 title for Wii.
Scheduled for release in Spring 2009, the new game will retain the intuitive
‘point and click’ interface used to control both the player in possession of the
ball and to send those around him on to runs into space. However, a new
‘traditional’ control system using either a Wii Remote or Classic controller has
also been implemented.
Producer Akiyoshi ‘Greyhound’
Chosogabe detailed his plans for the new game at a special event in Rome:
A New Level of Control: Players
will once again point and drag team mates into space to make runs, but
Greyhound and his team has worked to improve the movement and level of control
available to the player.
An improved defense system will allow players to close down their opposition
with more precision using the Z button, while a new targeting system sees the
player steering where they place the ball when shooting. Coupled with better
AI for the CPU-controlled players and opposition, the result is a more
free-flowing and faster paced simulation. Set pieces have also been reworked,
with more precision on free kicks and a wider range of corners than in the
Co-Operative Play: Greyhound is
keen to emphasise the teamwork ethos of the PES series, and has added a second
control system for co-op play. One player will use the familiar Nunchuck and
Wii Remote system to control their player and drag players into space, with
the second adopting a more traditional PES controller to control individual
Using a Wii Remote held sideways or a classic controller, the secondary player
can control the game in a manner familiar to existing versions of PES for
other formats. Thus, they can control using familiar PES controls while their
co-op player orchestrates their player and the rest of the team using the
bespoke Wii system.
Additional Modes: In keeping with
versions for other formats, PES 2009 for Wii will also feature the UEFA
Champions League, the addition of the ever-popular Master League for the first
time on this format plus the return of an enhanced Champions Road competition,
an enhanced Edit Mode, more online gameplay possibilities, and a Mii Training
2009 will be released for Wii in Spring 2009.