PES 2014: FOX Engine features promise a radical overhaul

Tuesday, 4th June 2013 12:24 GMT By Dave Cook

PES 2014 developer Konami has unveiled a long list of new features coming to the FOX Engine-powered football sim this year. From TrueBall technology to next-gen trickery, check out a full breakdown here.

In a press release sent to VG247, Konami spooled off the game’s many new features, all based around a central theme of fluidity.

TrueBall Tech is the biggest marquee feature, which offers 360-degree, two-footed control and dictates how the ball moves, as well as how it reacts to a player’s first touch.

The release explains, “TrueBall Tech allows the player to trap or knock on a pass using the analogue stick with detailed barycentric physics determining the weight shift of the player and the height and speed of the pass, as to how the player’s body will automatically shape to receive it.

“Thus, the player has total control in determining how their body is angled to receive a pass, whereas previous football titles present the user with scant options. Instead, TrueBall Tech means that it can be chested or nodded past an opponent, flicked into space or to a team mate, while closer dribbling control is a much more personal attribute in the new game.”

Next, the Motion Animation Stability System – or M.A.S.S. – is similar to FIFA’s Player Impact Engine in that it informs contact between colliding players, combined with dynamic animations and rules depending on a player’s size and weight. It also allows for more tense one-on-one battles, letting players feint, dribble, place pressure and attack in style.

The release states, “Rather than a series of preset animations that occur under specific circumstances, M.A.S.S. acts instantly to any situation, with the reaction of a fouled player entirely dependent on the direction and force with which they are tackled.

“Dependent on factors such as their size and power, players will stumble but instantly recover if clipped, barge others off the ball, and use their stature to block players from possession. Similarly, PES 2014 now has more styles of tackle, as opposed to basic foot in or sliding types.”

Konami’s new Heart mechanic promises to add a new degree of emotion to matches. For example, when playing an away game, your team may become impacted by the majority support for the home side. The mental state of individual players can become affected, but pulling off moments of brilliance will see them gain a surge of positivity.

PES ID is up next, a system that captures the individual play styles and characteristic of 100 licensed players so that you can identify them by their actions, not just their name or appearance. These signature players will each come with bespoke animations.

Next, Team Play lets up to three players control players on the same team, making for coordinated strategies across the pitch. The release adds, “users can set up a variety of different tactics in key areas of the pitch using three or more players.

“These players will make very different off-the-ball runs to exploit holes in the defence or midfield, using the flanks, curved runs, or overlapping play to make themselves available. These moves can be preset to key areas of the field, allowing users to exploit defensive weaknesses beforehand.”

Finally, The Core is an initiative that has seen PES Productions converse with die-hard football fans to enhance several areas of PES 2014. Everything from facial animations, quality of strips, fluid movement an a radical overhaul of the game’s free kick and penalty mechanics have all come from this interaction.

PES 2014 will also include the Asia Champions League, complete with licensed teams.

Creative Producer Kei Masud said in a statement, “Thinking outside the box on an annual series such as PES is not easy, but the Fox Engine has allowed us to develop such a level of freedom that we are constantly realising ways of making PES 2014 a true representation of football.

“From the moment football fans pick up the controller and experiment with the close control, player movement and get to know how teams work and move, we are confident that they will see a game no longer limited by technology, but capable of growing with them and constantly surprising with the breath-taking quality they have to come to expect from the real thing.

“All the materials we’re releasing are taken from current platforms and fully in-game, which is at about 70% completion. We want fans to get a true feeling of the actual product they’ll be playing on the consoles most own this year, not some marketing dream.

“Our new engine and systems are dedicated to the current generation of platforms, which will continue to be dominant in the market, but are fully scalable for future versions.”

PES 2014 will hit PS3, Xbox 360 and PC in 2013. We’ll have more as it comes.



  1. voxelman

    That boxart is creeping me the fk out

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Pytox


    #2 2 years ago
  3. SameeR_Fisher

    Only on Current Gen ?!, Come on Konami, don’t let the whole scene of Next Gen for EA.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. redwood

    @3 it will be on next gen. am sure ..

    #4 2 years ago
  5. machy

    @3 chill the day after tmw will waoooooaw U ;)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. viralshag

    @3, Yeah that’s what I was thinking. I hope they have something special lined up for the next-gen consoles as a new FIFA/PES would have been one of the first games I get. Bit dangerous to let FIFA get a head start if you ask.

    Looks good though. No mention of a pro-clubs style gameplay though, which is really what keeps people going back to FIFA in the long run. Master League was the bizniz back in the day but I want to see some much needed improvements.

    I always say it but I would love to see PES make a comeback and rival FIFA in all aspects. With a lack of pro-clubs gameplay though, that might not happen.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. tezzer1985

    I really hope this is coming out for the new consoles, that is the only way, PES has a chance of gaining new market share, Fifa has this gen…

    I use to be a hardcore PES player, but they were very lazy this gen, and it showed, so I started playing fifa.

    I intend to go into next gen, on a level playing field with both fifa and PES

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Corvo Black

    My mind cant even fathom how this Techball thing would work. Guess i’ll try the demo to see what they mean. Aint played a soccer game since Fifa World cup 2002.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. psxman

    I recall Rockstar doing similar with their R.A.G.E engine, with the first release being a (pretty damn good) table-tennis game.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. viralshag

    @7, Couldn’t agree more. I think almost EVERYONE was hard-core PES moving from Xbox/PS2 to the PS3/360 but from the get go PES was lacklustre.

    PES6 still stands as my favourite despite Adriano’s herculean shot power and strength that dominated most online games.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. ps3fanboy

    pes is back and it will crush fifa, mark my words!

    #11 2 years ago
  12. GwynbleiddiuM

    We only get a massive overhaul once every decade for PES, so render me excited.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. SameeR_Fisher

    Adam Bhatti
    PES European Community Manager

    on twitter:

    “So the fact we’re not on PS4/Xbone with PES 2014 is simple. We can’t and shouldn’t be just using higher quality textures etc should be new”

    “In the past people accused us of being lazy. We’re adamant of not making the same mistakes, and making sure we create amazing football games”

    “It’s hardly amazing making the nextgen version prettier. We shouldn’t have that mentality, and you shouldn’t expect that. Aim higher.”

    Confirmed, then. No next-gen PES just yet

    #13 2 years ago
  14. viralshag

    @13, So basically, they’re making the same mistakes again it seems… Last year in an article Jon Murphy, PES team leader, said:

    “I’m not going to start knocking the fact they’ve pushed the football genre onwards, while we were stagnating, and they’ve invested properly in this generation of consoles,” he acknowledged.

    If they’re not going to get in on the next-gen, they’re going to lose it. If FIFA has a strong release on the next-gen, it gives people the same reasons to continue sticking with the franchise, got to be in it to win it.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. SameeR_Fisher

    @14: seems PES isn’t up to the challenge yet, maybe in 5 years they will.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Stardog

    @14 Same mistake again? How is that? The mistake previously was making a PS2 game with better graphics.

    Now you want them to release a PS3 game on PS4?

    Let them spend time on PES 2015 for PS4/One.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. viralshag

    @16, If EA seem happy to release FIFA on the next-gen, I don’t see why they wouldn’t for PES. They’ve said they’re fully scalable so a hint to a potential next-gen release wouldn’t hurt.

    If anything, they should have skipped any more PES games on this gen. It’s been disappointment after disappointment this gen concerning PES I don’t think anyone would have missed it.

    The sad fact is, even if this was the improvement everyone has been waiting for, FIFA will probably still dominate and the next-gen copies will be bought even if they bought FIFA for this gen.

    The last PES got good review scores, seemed to be making some noise and then, like always, faded away once FIFA took the reins. My guess is the Fox engine won’t change any of that for this version.

    #17 2 years ago

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