PES 2012 Cover Star Confirmed

By Rebecca Smith,
Konami has confirmed the cover star for the latest instalment in their Pro Evolution Soccer series, PES 2012. If I told you that he's in one of these screenshots, can you guess who it is?

19/8/11 Santos

19/8/11 Portugal

19/8/11 England

19/8/11 Germany

Big hint: He has been on the cover of a Pro Evolution Soccer game previously.

Got it yet? Well it's tough if you haven't, because I'm about to tell you the answer. The world's most expensive player, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, will grace the cover of PES 2012, and was previously on the cover of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008. European PES Team Leader Jon Murphy explains the decision:

Cristiano Ronaldo embodies everything we are trying to achieve with PES 2012. He is quick, skilful, with an eye for a pass, and devastating in attack. His movement and energy brighten any game, and we are delighted that he has agreed to work with us in the pivotal title in the PES series.
And who better to start off the Gamescom trailer than the cover star himself? The trailer does include some footage from the previous gameplay walkthroughs, so those just wanting to watch the new footage will probably want to skip from 1:00 to 2:20. Here there is some footage of the Teammate Control feature in action.

Footage of the Training Challenges started at 3:13. These challenges allow players to refine their set-piece skills i.e. free kicks, improve their normal play skills like dribbling, and get to grips with the numerous possibilities allowed by the new Teammate Control system.

You may have noticed some new modes mentioned within the trailer at 3:38. Football Life is the "umbrella title" that spans the popular Master League and Become A Legend mode, both of which have been enhanced for the new game. Gamers can become a player or a manager, but the title also encompasses the all-new Club Boss mode, where players are able to become a club owner and steer a club fiscally.

Finally, Konami has released details of the new myPES social integration, which will be applied via a release day title update. myPES is a downloadable Facebook application that players connect to in-game via the Personal Data settings. Via this application, players can compare various match stats, or set up leagues and groups with friends. Results from both online and offline matches between two people can be uploaded to the application. Completion of specific goals or tasks will result in bonus in-game rewards, while bonuses for the use of the app itself will also be offered. Konami also states that hidden bonuses will contain further surprises.

PES 2012 is due to be released on October 14th.

We've got the full list of Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 achievements - check the list for guides to unlocking them.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.