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Bolt named PES 2018 ambassador

Bolt named PES 2018 ambassador

Reigning World and Olympic Champion Usain Bolt has become the latest ambassador for Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 (PES 2018).

The latest development was confirmed by the game's publisher, Konami this week, reinforcing the message that PES 2018 is where legends are made. 

Watch the trailer for PES 2018 here:

So, just how will a 100 and 200m sprinter add to what is essentially a football brand. According to Konami, that answer is quite simple really. The fastest track and field athlete in the world brings pace to the game.

PES 2018 spokesperson Steve Merrett explained how Bolt's abilities will be used in the game.

"The Jamaican athlete is also a huge football fan and an accomplished player, and his new agreement with KONAMI will see him faithfully recreated as an in-game player via a special pre-order incentive for those purchasing PES 2018 ahead of launch," said Merrett.

"Anyone pre-ordering PES 2018 ahead of its September 12th (Americas) or 14th (global) release date will be able to unlock Bolt as an in-game player at launch exclusively for myClub. 

"KONAMI has used its proprietary face-scanning systems to perfectly recreate the athlete in-game, while his running style and - more importantly - incredible pace will make him an asset to any side," added Bolt.

On the game itself, Merrett said: "Usain Bolt joins the KONAMI team as PES 2018 gears up for the new season. Centred on the concept that PES 2018 is 'Where Legends are Made', the new game boasts more new features and enhancements than any PES title in the last 10 years, more new ways to play, and a PC version to the standard of the leading console iterations.

"No part of PES 2018 has been left untouched, with its famed gameplay ensuring users enjoy complete control over the on-field action, as they guide players that behave, move and react just like their real-life counterparts to victory. New additions to the control systems add more fluidity to the game, while a new user interface gives the game a more broadcast-like feel and makes accessing the many facets of PES 2018 more user-friendly."

"Matches are played at a more realistic pace, while a new strategic dribbling system offers greater close control, including contextual shielding, use of the control stick to initiate shimmies and a REAL Touch process, wherein players will react to receiving a ball using the chest, head and legs to bring a pass under control dependent on the height and pace of the received ball. The game’s many set piece routines have also been reworked, including penalty kicks and a one-player kick off routine.

"A new REAL Capture system also provides PES 2018 with true-to-life lighting across day and night games, while over 20,000 components have been faithfully recreated to recreate the turf, tunnels, and the surrounding areas of stadia such as Camp Nou and Signal Iduna Park. The individuality of how the likes of Usain Bolt and key players move, shape to shoot and make passes is also closer to real life, with KONAMI motion-capturing players within realistic environments in a complete overhaul of the in-game animation system. Core movements such as walking, turning, and posture have been reworked also, while the player models now have greater variety, with attention paid to the way kits fit differing physiques. KONAMI’s agreements with partner teams will also see tattoos recreated on players as well.

"PES 2018 also allows more ways for people to play. Full 11-Vs-11 online options and the myClub mode where players build a team from scratch, are joined by co-operative 2-Vs-2 and 3-Vs-3 modes with support for local guests. The much-requested ‘Random Selection’ match returns with all new content, while the Master League implements pre-season tournaments, a new transfer system, pre-match interviews and an insight to the changing rooms. Similarly, ahead of next season’s eSport tournament, the official PES LEAGUE will be integrated into the main game making registration much easier."

The game will be released for PlayStation4, Xbox One, PlayStation3 and Xbox360.

By Siya Mchunu

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