Pro Evolution Soccer 2012

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
Cover featuring Cristiano Ronaldo
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
ARG MicroByte
Producer(s) Shingo 'Seabass' Takatsuka (executive)
Series Pro Evolution Soccer
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii, 3DS, iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7, Xperia Play, Cloud (OnLive)
Release date(s) Windows
  • EU October 14, 2011
Xbox 360
  • NA September 27, 2011
  • EU October 14, 2011
PlayStation 3
  • JP October 6, 2011
  • NA September 27, 2011
  • EU October 14, 2011
PlayStation 2
  • JP November 3, 2011
  • NA November 8, 2011
  • EU October 28, 2011
PlayStation Portable
  • JP November 3, 2011
  • NA November 8, 2011
  • EU October 28, 2011
  • JP November 3, 2011
  • NA November 15, 2011
  • EU November 4, 2011
  • JP December 8, 2011
  • NA February 1, 2012
  • EU December 1, 2011
Windows Mobile
  • NA February 23, 2012
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Distribution DVD, Blu-ray, UMD, Nintendo optical disc, Nintendo game card, Digital distribution

Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 (abbreviated to PES 2012 and known officially as World Soccer: Winning Eleven 2012 in Asia) is a video game which is the eleventh edition in the Pro Evolution Soccer series developed and published by Konami (and MicroByte in Argentina) with production assistance from the Blue Sky Team. Lionel Messi, who has been the cover star for the series since PES 2009, was replaced by PES 2008 cover star Cristiano Ronaldo,[1] while Shinji Kagawa replaces Messi as the cover star for the Japanese version. The US and Latin American cover features Santos player Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo.[2]

Like previous versions of the game, it will be exclusively licensed by UEFA to contain the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup competitions along with a license from CONMEBOL to feature the Copa Santander Libertadores. Referees' governing UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup matches will wear the official UEFA Champions League uniforms, which is a first for the series.[3]

On July 28, 2011, Konami confirmed that PES 2012 was going to be released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows on October 14, 2011 in Europe and October 6, 2011 in Japan.[4] At Gamescom 2011 it was announced that the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 2 versions will follow on October 28, 2011 and the Wii on November 4, 2011. The publisher has also confirmed that versions for Nintendo 3DS and iOS formats are also in development, with firm dates to follow.

There are two demos, both of which were released for the PlayStation 3, PC although the Xbox 360 only had the second demo due to problems with the first one. The first is based on a preview build of the game and was released on August 24, 2011 for PlayStation 3 and PC,[5] though because of "issues on both sides" according to Jon Murphy, PES Team Leader, it was not released on the Xbox 360.[6] The second demo was released 14 September on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.[7][8]


PES 2012's gameplay is primarily a refinement of PES 2011, with many improvements and changes in areas such as artificial intelligence, speed, animation, and physics.[9]

Among the new features is the Teammate Control system, where a secondary player may be controlled, either during play, or at a set piece or throw-in. This allows players to be placed precisely, make runs, and shake off markers before calling for the ball. Manual and assisted versions of the feature are available for varying degrees of difficulty and control.[10]

Refereeing has been improved and includes a full implementation of the advantage rule, with the referee pulling back play for bookings after the ball goes out of play.[11] The "catch-up bug", where defenders would catch dribbling attackers too easily, regardless of the attacker's pace, will be addressed.[11] Gameplay is more fluid, with better response when controlling the ball,[11] and goalkeepers have been improved with new animations and generally more reliable goalkeeping performances.[11] Artificial intelligence has been improved over previous PES games, for example AI players will play more thoughtfully when defending rather than simply applying pressure, and AI teammates will make more intelligent movement decisions.[9]


Thanks to an exclusive deal with tristanamor and CONMEBOL, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League, the UEFA Super Cup and the Copa Santander Libertadores are fully licensed. The tournaments are integrated into the new mode, Football Life, which features a Master League mode and a Become a Legend mode, and for the first time, a Club Boss mode. The Football Life mode also includes a Master League Online mode, however, fan favourite 2V2 Ranked Matches have been removed from the Xbox 360 version due to "internal decisions".[citation needed] Like previous versions, there is also a separate two leagues with 18 empty teams (PES League and D2 League), each of which can be edited fully. All the teams are entirely fictional.[citation needed] The UEFA Europa League, the UEFA Super Cup and the PES and D2 Leagues are features not included in the PSP version of the game.


PES 2012 contains 30 stadiums, 17 licensed, 12 unlicensed, and 1 that is entirely fictional.


Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 contains 10 artists:



  1. ^ "Messi No Longer PES Cover Star". WENB. Kitana Media Network. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  2. ^ "Neymar Makes US PES 2012 Cover with Ronaldo". Gamers Daily News. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  3. ^ "PES 2012: The Ultimate in Player Control". PESGaming. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  4. ^ "ワールドサッカー ウイニングイレブン2012(PS3)" [World Soccer Winning Eleven 2012 (PS3)] (in Japanese). Konami Style. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  5. ^ "Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 Demo". 
  6. ^ Sorry to confirm that due to issues on both sides we can’t release the 1st PES2012 demo for 360. We’ve tried hard but have to give up. —Jon Murphy Twitter. September 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-08
  7. ^ "Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 Second Demo". 
  8. ^ Orry, James (22 August 2011). "PES 2012's two demos given release dates". Pro-G Media. 
  9. ^ a b "PES 2012: Same path, gradual evolution". Future plc. 24 July 2011. 
  10. ^ Ivan, Tom (20 July 2011). "PES 2012's 'astonishing', 'innovative' feature revealed". Future plc. 
  11. ^ a b c d "WENB PES 2012 Playtest Impressions". WENB. Kitana Media Network. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-29. 

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