Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt will be coming to PES 2018, Konami has confirmed.
The Jamaican speedster, 30, comes bundled with pre-orders of the game and will feature in MyClub mode, the Japanese publisher tweeted.
It’s not confirmed how Bolt will feature in the game – but given that he’s wearing a kit and boots, it suggests he’ll be a player.
If true, he’ll likely be the fastest player ever to feature in PES.
Bolt’s addition comes as Konami release a new trailer for game – showing off improved player models and crowd effects.
The new game promises ‘a wide-range of improvements’ as it seeks to reclaim the football crown from its EA SPORTS rival.
PES 2018 will have more new features than any other PES title in the last decade, the publisher confirmed.
The control system will be revised to add more fluidity to the game, while a new user interface makes navigating menus and modes easier.
Matches will be played at a more realistic pace, while a new strategic dribbling system offers greater close control, including contextual shielding to protect the ball.
Similarly, simple movements of the control stick can be used to perform shimmies to wrong-foot defenders.
Konami has also implemented a ‘REAL Touch + process’, wherein players will react to receiving a ball using parts of the body, such as chest, head and legs to bring a pass under control dependent on the height and pace of the incoming ball.
All set-piece routines have also been totally reworked, notably the way penalty kicks are taken and a one-player kick off routine as well.
PES 2018 will once again be powered by the Fox Engine, but will have a host of visual upgrades.
A new ‘REAL Capture’ system provides true-to-life lighting across day and night games, while more than 20,000 components have been faithfully recreated – from the turf to the tunnels.
Konami has totally overhauled player animation, making movements much closer to real life.
Core animations such as walking, turning, and posture have also been reworked, all the way down to the way that kits fit differing physiques.
Players will even sport their own individual tattoos.
In terms of multiplayer, full 11-Vs-11 online options and myClub challenge, where players build a team from scratch, both return.
They are joined by a co-operative 2-Vs-2 and 3-Vs-3 modes with support for local guests.
The ‘Random Selection’ match also returns with all-new content, while the Master League implements pre-season tournaments, a new transfer system and pre-match interviews.
“PES 2018 is a title that finds the series at the very top of its game,” said Masami Saso, President of Konami Digital Entertainment B.V.
“It is a game that builds on the foundations of the resurgent series and has taken on board requests from our growing fan base. It is also a game with an eye on the future.
“Konami is committed to breaking new ground with the PES series, and PES 2018 sees us enter the field more confident and determined to excel than ever.”
PES 2018 will be released on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC via Steam on September 14.
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