myClub is already confirmed and in Konami’s words will entail the following, “an extensive Master League online overhaul allows players and managers to be added using accumulated GP points or via micro-transactions within club dealings. Agents are now used to meet player requirement criteria, while unhappy players can upset the balance of a side to detrimental effect. Team Sprit plays a key role, as the compatibility of the manager between the player, players with other teammates creates better teamwork impacted the on field performances.”
This will be complimented with weekly online updates, specifically, “Weekly DLC updates will constantly update transfers and team line-ups across the English, French, Italian, Spanish and Brazilian leagues. Player data also updated based on current performances every week, so if a player is on a goal-scoring streak, his stats will be boosted accordingly in the update. Applied to online modes and optional within single-player mode.”
These confirmed details sound great but what else can we expect from potentially the most exciting PES news of the last few years?
The news coming from Konami is your team won’t just depend upon your players but the quality, and perhaps more crucially the type, of manager you select. This will affect your players’ motivation on the pitch as well how and if they can play in a particular style. In comparison to Ultimate Team this suggests myClub has put greater significance on the tactical side when creating your own team.
Further details have yet to be released so we are stuck with hypothesising and requesting the rest of the features. Whilst myClub should absolutely follow the blueprint of FIFA Ultimate Team, Konami should also make subtle changes.
Let’s start with aspects that need to remain the same. The most important aspect that absolutely has to stay the same is being able to sell players. EA Sports take a lot of criticism for being greedy and frankly have done everything they can to squeeze every last penny out of their market. Konami need to respond to this criticism by firstly making sure there is a marketplace for owners to sell their players and secondly make sure they come across as the company that cares about their market. This will be the only way to drag those deluded FIFA players back over to Pro Evolution Soccer.
Ultimate Team packs seem to be one the most spoke about features and whilst they have proven to be poor value for money (or coins) they are undoubtedly addictive. Whether it be packs or some other random way of picking up players and bonuses they should remain. The only difference should be the packs need to offer better value for money.
Moving on to aspects that need to change. How many times would you play an online Master League game and come across Ronaldo, Messi and every other world beater? Too many times to count? Thought so. A problem with Master League in the past was over saturation of certain players; the best players were far too easy to buy and ended up spoiling the game. Ultimate Team are very good at this element, it is very rare to come across Messi or Ronaldo. Not only are they hard to pick up in packs but are very expensive too. Having either or any other top player should be earned.
The last point is something Konami need to maintain. Online competitions, and more importantly rankings, have been superb over the years on PES. A concise world ranking is exactly what we want. The competitions with the Champions League format, a league round to qualify followed by a last 16 knockout phase, is perfect. Standard online matches complimented with these competitions make Konami’s ranking system very rewarding. Konami use a 0 to 1000 score to rank all users. The only criticism of the ranking system would be in PES 2011 it was very hard to get above 700, only approximately 10 players would get to the score. Conversely, in PES 2013 and PES 2014 there are several players on a score of 1000; this takes away a lot of the prestige from the rankings. Compared to other elements this is a relatively easy aspect to put in the game so Konami make sure you do this.
If Konami can implement all of these aspects, myClub will live up to the already massive hype. Is there anything you guys would add to this?