315w ago - Konami has posted on their site that indicates that the new patches for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of PES 2008 addresses the online lag and slowdown which affects the game. The PS3 patch also resolves an issue to do with downloading the game to the hard drive, but Konami reassure us that they are still working on improvements.
To quote: Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH has released updates to rectify issues with the Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION¬®3 versions of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008.
The free download addresses the online lag and the slowdown that affects the game in both online and offline modes.
The PLAYSTATION¬®3 update also fixes problems associated with downloading the game to the console's hard drive.
Konami will continue to look into ways to extend users' enjoyment of PES 2008 and is still working on improvements.
317w ago - Internet rumour suggests patch will be out on November 19.
Konami has issued a "no comment" to rumours it has set a November 19 deadline for a PES 2008 patch.
Internet rumours surfaced today suggesting that the Japanese publisher was expecting to make a patch that would resolve the online lag issues available in just a week.
Comments purporting to come from a Konami spokesperson, reported by pesforum.co.uk, said: "We hope to have the patch released within two weeks at the latest, and have set a deadline of Monday 19th November to get this to the public, as we are aware there are a lot of gamers out there that are avoiding a massive part of the game because of the online issues."
The quotes continue: "I would say to all PES fans to be patient with us while we rectify the problems, please be assured that we are working very hard to fix these problems. We hope that everyone will soon be enjoying the online aspect of the game which people will love playing with their friends and fellow gamers."
However, when Pro-G contacted Konami for clarification the publisher told us that no official announcement on a PES 2008 patch had been made.
Many gamers have expressed their frustration at the crippling lag experienced when playing console versions of the game. Last...
320w ago - Konami is suffering criticism from gamers who say the PS3 version of the game suffers from frame rate issues and slowdown. You can see why we gave the game seven out of 10 in our review here. You can also see our exclusive gameplay footage here.
Earlier today Konami apologised for the quality of online play with an online notification displayed when gamers enter the PES 2008 lobby. It revealed that the publisher has uncovered "issues which can affect the online gameplay quality of PES 2008" and is working "full strength to find a solution as quickly as possible".
We gave Konami's UK office a call posing as a customer to ask what the publisher would be doing to combat the problems. We were told that a patch was being worked on that would not only attempt to improve offline play but also online play. However, Konami does not have a timeframe on when that patch will be released.
It remains unclear how PES fans who are not connected to the Internet will be able to improve the quality of their game experience, however.
320w ago - Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 isn't actually out until Friday, but a video recording of what must be the oddest football accident ever has already hit YouTube courtesy of SoulPunish3r, tackling our funny bones in the process.
Luck, or bug? Who can be sure? It's likely that the mirthsome moment comes from the next-gen demo, like the one on PlayStation Network, which means if it is a bug it'll be ironed out of the final version. Which, to us, is a bit of a shame. Have a chuckle for yourself below...
321w ago - We're currently sunning ourselves out in Seville, Spain at the Pro Evolution Soccer finals and after a triumphant clean sweep of the annual five-a-side journo tournament at the Olympic Stadium (defending team England's crown by winning every game and beating the Germans 1-0 in the final), we managed to sit down with Shingo 'Seabass' Takatsuka, PES's legendary Executive Producer to hear his thoughts on PES 2008 and his vision for the future of the series.
Although this season's version is now complete on PS3 and 360 and should be in your hands fairly shortly (and awesome it is too), Seabass hasn't been content to rest on his laurels and has already begun work on PES 2009, where he promises a 'complete overhaul' of the game in absolutely every respect.
A brand new series of gameplay modes for PES 2009 are apparently already complete and Seabass is also promising that there will be a series of 'crucial' changes to gameplay which will help him fulfil his vision for subsequent next gen versions of the game.
We've put together a big interview piece for you to peruse and fascinating stuff it is too for the hardcore PES afficianado, with Seabass revealing his thoughts on the new PS3 version, how the Online side of the series will develop, what impact the DualShock 3 has had on development and the thorny...