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|Pro Evolution Soccer 2012|
|Platform(s)|| PC, PSP, PS2, PS3, Wii,|
| Release date
(PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
| UK: 14 October|
EU: 27 September
North America: 27 September
South America: 27 September
|Media||DVD, Blu-Ray, Nintendo Optical Disc, UMD, Nintendo Game Card|
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The game was announced on 13 May 2011, along with the first trailer (found here), and is set to be released on the PC, PSP, PS2, PS3, Wii and Xbox 360. The release has been set for 27 September for North and South America, and 14 October for the UK.
Prior to the E3 video game conference, a trailer showing early footage of the gameplay (found here) was released to the public on 2 June 2011. Seabass talks through some of the new features while showing off some of the new graphics, movement and animations in this video (at the 10:38 minute mark).
Five days later on the 7 June, the second batch of screenshots were released, which can be found in the gallery here. The players that can be found include: Esteban Cambiasso, Samuel Eto'o, Frank Lampard, Florent Malouda and Pepe.
Six new screenshots were released on the 3 August showing off the new zonal marking and off-the-ball movement during set-pieces.
On 17 August, it was announced that Cristiano Ronaldo will feature as the cover star for the game.
The demo was announced at gamescom and the first is set to be released on the 24 August. There will be two demos that will be released:
- The first demo will be released on August 24th and will be based on a preview build of the game. While there will be areas that are refined, KONAMI wants PES users to try out the game’s many new Teammate Control elements prior to launch and experience the realism that Active AI brings to PES 2012, and which have been singled out for extensive praise by the media. The demo will also showcase the individuality of the many teams in the game, and users will be able to pick from six teams and their playing styles – Manchester United, AC Milan, FC Porto, Napoli, Santos FC, and Penarol – and pit them against each other in 10-minute matches. The demo will also showcase key Challenge Training elements, where fans can practice the new control systems to fully enjoy the game. 
- The first PES 2012 demo will not be truly representative of the final game, so KONAMI will issue a second free demo (released 14 September) reflecting the final version’s feel and gameplay in mid-September for the same formats. This will also offer 10-minute matches, but with a different team roster of Tottenham Hotspur, FC Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Rangers FC, Club America and Sport Club Internacional. 
It was released as planned on 24 August for PC and PS3, however the Xbox 360 version was delayed until the second release date of the next demo (14 September).
 Game Modes
Current confirmed game modes on the main menu:
- Champions League
- Copa Libertadores
- Football Life
- Extra Content
- Personal Data
- System Settings
This section will tell you the current licensings and leagues in PES 2012. The Primeira Liga is a new league featured in the game.
 Licensed Cup Competitions
 Fully Licensed Leagues
 Partially Licensed or Unlicensed Leagues
- Premier League - 2 teams licensed (Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur). League logo and name is fake.
- Primeira Liga - 3 teams licensed (Benfica, Porto and Sporting Lisbon)
- Serie A - All teams are fully licensed but the logo and name is fake.
- PES League - The league and all clubs are fictional.
- D2 League - The league and all clubs are fictional.
 Unlicensed Cup
 New Features/Improvements
- The AI engine has undergone a major overhaul, with attacking emphasised as the cornerstone of play affording a more open approach to play.
- AI players, your team mates, will now make intelligent dummy runs off-the-ball to open up the defence, move into space, all reacting to your moves – the whole team now reacts far more dynamically to the actions of the player, moving strategically during passing.
- Defence has had some changes too, however, with zonal marking and positional defending both enhanced. The Active AI system ensures that players track attackers more effectively, but without compromising the shape of the team, while one-on-one situations offer greater control as defenders press and jostle to win the ball, as attackers can use upper body feints and movements to bypass and wrong-foot their man.
- A new player switching system allows users to change to any player on the field using the right analogue stick. On Free Kicks, players will have far more control with lots more scope for pulling defenders out of position.
- The jostling system introduced in the last game has also been extended, making for a far more physical experience. It offers proper bodily contact and physical reactions.
- Graphics have been improved, (see Gallery) with new animations, visual enhancements and control elements. Player facial expression are more detailed while lighting effects are more natural. New cameras show off the huge variety of pitch-side movement, with more detail on and around the game than ever before. Such is the level of graphical finesses that you can see players sweating, their neck muscles tensing as they call for the ball and bark orders to each other, and the muscles in their mouths and around their eyes contract to show the emotions the players are experiencing.
- Referees are also crucial to general game flow and their AI has been greatly enhanced to ensure fewer interruptions to play. Decisions are improved, and advantage is played much more regularly in offside and free kick scenarios. As such, refs will only intervene when truly necessary, but they will show cards if necessary once play has broken down. 
- Pass Support allows users to determine the level of AI assistance when passing the ball. Players can opt for one of five settings from full support, right up to full veteran setting which switches off all assistance so that the direction, weight and speed of every pass is at their disposal. 
- Teammate Control gives users complete control over secondary players while the runner has the ball – represent an astonishing advance for the series. The Teammate Control system works in two ways, with users pressing the right analogue stick in the direction of the player they wish to control. The Assisted mode allows the user to activate a second player by depressing the R3 button, and allows users to get to grips with the greater level of control via effective running movements. Greater control is offered by the Manual mode, wherein the user has complete freedom of movement of the second player, and can make shuttle runs, find space, and shake off markers before calling for the pass from the player still with the ball. The player will then revert to computer control when the R3 button is released, and can also be used to override any AI runs the player wants to cancel. Both can be affected at any time, so players can make moves without waiting for a pass to be completed. 
- Challenge Mode makes a return to the game. It gives the player a series of tough tests which they can use to hone various skills. The mode allows users to work hard on their attacking and defending skills to improve their main game. Similarly, there are dribbling tests and set-piece challenges that necessitate hitting a series of targets, and punishing shooting tasks are used to push the player as they put in the hours that will make all the difference on field. 
- Superstar Difficulty is a new difficulty for experienced gamers, a step higher than top-player.
- Club Boss is a new game mode that offers the player a chance to become the chairman of your chosen club.
These are the clubs that are featured in PES 2012. In the brackets are the fake name of said club.
 Other Leagues (Europe)
 Other Leagues (Latin America)
 Fictional Clubs
3 – Squads have fictional players
 Club Changes
These are the club changes between full leagues.
 National Teams
The following teams will appear in the game:
1 – Fully licensed team
2 – Team new to the series
3 – Squads have unlicensed named players
 Copa Libertadores
 Champions League
These are the teams that are playable under the Champions League game mode.
PES 2012 contains 30 stadiums, 17 licensed, 12 unlicensed, and 1 that is entirely fictional.
The real names of these stadiums appear in brackets
These are the footballs that will feature in the game:
 Extra Content
Extra Content is a mode part of PES 2012 where you're able to unlock new content. This is similar to the PES Shop of older PES games.
- Hairstyles (Add to your choice of Hairstyles in Edit Player) - GP100
- Physique (Unlocks new physique styles) - GP100
- Balls (Unlock new balls for you to choose in Ball Type) - GP100
- Stadium parts (Add to your choice of Parts in Stadium Edit) - GP100
- Mode Expansion Kits (Extra features which expand each mode, including Club Boss) - GP300
- Teams (Buy these classic teams to give yourself an even bigger range of teams to choose from!) - GP100
- Players (Unlocks 4 random Classic Players - 40 packs) - GP10
- Sounds (Unlock new tracks to add to your playlist) - GP100
- General Settings (Unlocks Super Star difficulty) - GP100
- English: Jon Champion and Jim Beglin.
- French: Grégoire Margotton and Christophe Dugarry.
- German: Wolff Fuss and Hansi Kupper.
- Italian: Pierluigi Pardo and Luca Marchegiani.
- Latin America: Luis Garcia Postigo and Christian Martinoli.
- Brazilian Portuguese: Silvio Luiz and Mauro Beting
- Turkish: Emin Zevkliler and Ercan Ayan.
- Greek: Christos Sotirakopoulos and Yiorgos Thanailakis.
 Gameplay Features
 Off The Ball Controls
 Penalty Kicks
 Gamescom Trailer/Gameplays
Showing off the new game modes, player likenesses and off the ball movements.
 Game Covers
 30 May
An early screenshot showing Robinho with new facial expressions of anger.
 7 June
Frank Lampard takes a shot from distance.
Florent Malouda celebrates scoring a goal with his national team.
Pepe argues a decision.
Robinho takes on a defender.
 20 July
Nani calling out orders to his teammates.
 3 August
 11 August (Winning Eleven)
The most important update for PES 2012 was PES 2012 DLC 3.00, or the March update.
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 External Links
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