PES 2010 heads to the App Store

Konami stops Messi-ng us about

PES 2010 heads to the App Store

After teasing (non-FIFA) football lovers the world over with its recent blog post , Konami has formally announced that Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 will be kicking off on iPhone and iPod touch next month.

Timed to coincide with a little get-together over in South Africa this summer, PES 2010 marks the legendary series’s home debut on the Apple handsets.

“To bring a game as complex and as playable as PES 2010 to iPhone and iPod touch has been a daunting challenge, but one that has paid off,” Axel de Rougé, producer of PES 2010 for iPhone, (as well as the Java versions) commented.

“We have been working to ensure that all the slick moves – not to mention strong AI and aesthetic touches – associated with the series have been recreated.“

The iPhone / iPod touch version has been created by Konami’s Paris development studio, who promises stunning 3D visuals and a bespoke, innovative control system.

Hopefully then, fluent passing, first-time shots, and mazy runs à la Barcelona can all be mastered without too much trouble – a gripe often levelled at rival footy games on the iPhone.

PES 2010 will include a UEFA Champions League game mode. Of less note is the inclusion of the UEFA Europa League licence – apologies to both you Fulham fans.

There's neither any mention yet of multiplayer options though, nor of in-game commentary and Master League mode.

So, soon the round robin for soccer supremacy on the App Store can finally kick off: PES 2010 v FIFA 10 v Real Football 2010 v X2 Football 2010, plus a few dozen more...

PES 2010 will be available on iPhone in June for an undisclosed price (my money’s on £5.99 and Spain).