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PES 2013 coming to 3DS and PSP... but not PS Vita

Lack of Vita version a worrying sign from a major publisher

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Product: PES 2013 | Publisher: Konami | Genre: Sports
For:   Also on: PSP3DS
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The next instalment of Pro Evolution Soccer has been announced, and it's heading to handheld consoles - but, perhaps not the ones you were thinking of.

The Nintendo 3DS will receive a version of PES 2013, yet the PS Vita won't - or at least, not straight away. Rather oddly, the latest edition of Konami's long-running footballing franchise will be sprinting out of the tunnel on day one and onto the Vita's predecessor, the PSP, though.

A Konami spokesperson told us that a Vita version "could just be coming later", although the rep didn't sound too sure. Not exactly a great advertisement for the future of the Vita if top dogs like Konami are forgetting about it!

In control

Konami claims that PES 2013 will offer a level of control "never before" seen in a football game, thanks to the FullControl gameplay mechanics.

While the PES series has always focused on giving the player as much control as possible, PES 2013 will allow players to fully control the shots on goal for the first time, with full manual shooting.

There are plenty of other control-oriented features in PES 2013, too, such as the full manual one-two, full manual passing, and dynamic first touch.


The AI system has also been completely revamped, with new Player ID and ProActive AI systems in place.

Each individual player will have animations and styles that match their real-life counterparts, including the goalkeepers.

Konami says it has worked closely with the PES fanbase "to eradicate any illogical elements to the way players move and run", so hopefully this should result in a more realistic game of two halves.

Finally, a myPES application on Facebook will connect to the console game, allowing players to extend their playtime outside of the main game with communication features.

PES 2013 is due for release in autumn 2012 on 3DS and PSP, as well as on all the main home consoles and PC. Check out the trailer below.


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Mike Rose 24 April 2012
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Apr 2012
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destry | 15:07 - 24 April 2012
what about online multiplayer?
Jun 2011
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Etharius | 17:42 - 24 April 2012
That is pretty worrying. There's been a deafening silence regarding new Vita games in the last few months, and even the Playstation Blog seemingly has nothing to say.

Given all the support they were reportedly racking up prior to launch, I haven't seen much to prove that they actually managed it. At least Dragon's Crown is back under construction, but shy of Gravity Rush, MGS and ZOE I'm not seeing much on the horizon.

You know you're in trouble when even 3DS is putting out more titles than you are ><
Feb 2012
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Axe99 | 00:19 - 25 April 2012
@ Etharius - not really, the Vita's a year behind the 3DS in the cycle, so you'd expect the 3DS to be putting out more games for at least a year - it takes a while for dev's to build things for new platforms. Same reason there's _always_ a drought early in a system's life. The Vita's actually got less of a drought than most systems that have been launched before it, it's just the internet driving the ADHD sensationalism of today's society.

As for PES 2013, that is potentially a disturbing sign, but it's far too early in the life of a console to go worrying about these things, or reading too much into it. Konami would have done a lot of the work on the PSV PES well before now, so their decision wouldn't be based on sales beyond the first month or two of 2012 (particularly given the Vita has a viable download-only path to sales - ie, bugger all distribution and publishing costs if they want it). The fact that they didn't deny a Vita version also opens the possibility that they're working on cross-play features or the like with PS3, but don't have enough certainty in development to announce anything (this is, of course, speculation, but no less so than that in the article - suggesting Konami is forgetting the Vita is a little tabloid ;)).

I'd probably refer people to the doom and gloom articles at the launch of the PS3 and 3DS (and even the launch of the PS2 - it was all there - no games, Sony/Nintendo is doomed, you name it). Most gamers (even the 'hardcore' ones) just don't think long-term enough.
Apr 2012
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Hilmy | 04:27 - 27 April 2012
if it really happened, not cried since my vita ps sony's new console