The main feature for PES 2008 is the new learning AI engine, titled Teamvision. With the use of Teamvision, opponent AI will learn as you play, coming up with new strategies to attack your goal while countering attacks you use repeatedly and fixing any offensive of defensive mistakes made previously in the match. By adapting itself over the course of a match to a player’s unique style, Teamvision should recreate a more tactical flowing experience, just as in the real game.
Gameplay enhancements are also in place for features used in previous PES titles. The ball is a separate object in the game, as opposed to being attached to whichever player controls it at the time. Control has been tightened in several areas, allowing the players to more fine-tune their shooting, passing, and dribbling skills, making better use of open space and out-maneuvering defenders in the open field. Setpieces have also been enhanced, with full control given to the players over how many players to put in a defensive wall, and where to locate it, in addition to a wide range of new setpiece options.
Of course, no “next-gen” title would be complete without stunning visuals. The 360, PS3, and PC versions will all feature full facial animation and the high-definition model details only available on these platforms. In addition, an extensive Edit mode is offered for these versions.
Shingo’Seabass’ Takatsuka, creater of PES and producer of PES 2008, offered this comment: “We have taken a long hard look at what has made the Pro Evolution Soccer series so popular, and where we want to take it next. With the new Teamvision AI system, we truly believe that we have elevated the game to a new level. The movement of players off the ball, coupled with the total control given to the player, creates the closest simulation of real football to date. We really hope everyone enjoys our evolution. I promise it will be worth the wait.”
There was no word immediately available on why no Wii version was announced when the game is appearing on every other platform, though the existence of a Wii version was not discounted either. Again, PES 2008 is due out in fall 2007 for the 360, PS3, PC, PS2, PSP, and DS platforms.