PES 2011 screenshot
PES 2011 screenshot

Q: You mentioned licences. You've always had a few licensed teams as well. Who do you have this year from the English leagues?

JM: The English league will only ever allow us to have two teams.

Q: So it won't be Spurs this year?

JM: It's Spurs.

Q: Wow.

JM: [Laughs]

Q: That's good news.

JM: This year it's Spurs and Man U.

Q: A lot of disappointed Liverpool fans then.

JM: They had a bad season. What we have to try and do is to pick the teams that will fit into the top flight competition - the Champions League. It's not a reflection on Liverpool's fan base at all. It's just that we have to try, because we are so limited in the number of UK clubs, we have to make the other areas as authentic as possible. As you know Spurs are kind of just about in it.

Q: I've got no idea. I don't even know what the score was.

JM: 3-2 to the Young Boys. It was 3-0 in the first 30 minutes.

Q: We'll claw it back at White Hart Lane.

When you don't have the license, how accurately can you model the players?

JM: Very accurately. Players aren't the problem. It's team emblems and names, and things like that. So we can do very, very accurate models of the players and their stats, and of the team they might represent. In other words the kind of way they would play. What we can't do is call them that name. We can't pretend to have the right emblem, the correct stadium. All that stuff. But we have a FIFPro license which allows us to have the player names and likenesses of whoever they are, wherever they are.

Q: In terms of the Premier League. How complete is the player modelling. Are they all accurately modelled?

JM: It's all fairly accurate. All it takes is for you to go in and do some editing for yourself and you can recreate the real life leagues.

Q: The mod scene has always been quite strong. Back in the day you used to have to patch the ISO.

JM: Now it is quite straightforward. We can't condone those mods, but they are out there.

Q: Is the PC version this year in line with the consoles?

JM: Very much.

Q: That's something that FIFA for years was never able to do. PES has been doing that for a long time.

JM: Yes, we've always done that. Our PC versions have always reflected next-gen quality and it's no different this year.

Q: So is the game almost done?

PES 2011 screenshot

JM: We're almost there. The things that they've been working on recently have been goalkeeper problems and stuff like that. Tweaking difficulty settings, too. We're doing the Master League Online beta right now which will have an effect also. The online game itself, from what I've seen has improved massively this year. The response time is excellent. There was absolutely no warping. If there was any slowdown because someone is downloading something or they have a s!$t connection, then the game will just slow down a little bit, so you can actually still play.

Q: In recent years it has been 'is online going to work?'

JM: From what I've seen it really does.

Q: I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the final game. Thanks for your time.

PES 2011 will be released for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC on October 8, 2010. Versions for Wii, PS2 and PSP will follow in October.

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WhoIsThePresidentNow@ El-Dev

They never really improve football games anymore. There is only so much you can do with kicking a ball.
Driving games have improved like.
Posted 17:07 on 19 August 2010
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El-Dev@ Ghost_Dog

I dunno, sometimes the little tweaks can make a huge difference in football games. One new animation can alter the gameplay significantly, an example being some of the new ball control and skill moves in the WC game. It made the experience look a hell of a lot more realistic.

Though I can understand what you're saying I don't really agree with it.
Posted 17:06 on 19 August 2010
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WhoIsThePresidentNow@ Ghost_Dog

Could say that about most games mind that use the unreal engine dude
Posted 17:05 on 19 August 2010
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Ghost_Dog@ El-Dev

I still don't think that PES, FIFA etc... provide you with £40 worth of new stuff to warrant a purchase.
Posted 17:01 on 19 August 2010
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El-Dev@ Ghost_Dog

I think he meant they couldn't have brought it up to scratch in one year though, it has to be a constant process like Fifa has been for the last 5 games including the WC2010 game. Trying to do it like Konami have just doesn't work.
Posted 16:56 on 19 August 2010
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We couldn't have done everything in one year

Jon Murphy has just proved my point, that these games need a two year release window with a DLC patch to update teams and players in between seasons.
Posted 13:04 on 19 August 2010
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Licences have everything to do with it. Especially in the UK. Seeing as the Premier League is very big. PES would need to require all the UK licences. PES only does well in Italy and Spain because they got all the licences.

I'm going to get FIFA 11. I shall await the demo for PES 2011. Though I'm 0.01% going to get it as of Spurs being the licence team with Man Utd.
Posted 11:57 on 19 August 2010
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"It's not a reflection on Liverpool's fan base at all, but with improved security in shopping centres and game stores it's getting harder and harder for them to get their hands on a copy of new games."

Interesting interview, he seems quite bullish about their chances this year. I just hope it's as good as he thinks it is.
Posted 09:44 on 19 August 2010

Game Stats

Release Date: 08/10/2010
Developer: PES Productions
Publisher: Konami
Genre: Sports
Rating: PEGI 3+
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