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PES 2022 Beta - New Football Game Initial Impressions

Surprise! Seemingly out of the blue (although there were rumblings on Twitter), Konami dropped an online beta for PES 2022 under the guise of “New Football Game” a couple nights ago. While this beta is only 6 GBs in size, Konami released this with the sole intention of testing online matchmaking capability. While some fans are already jumping to conclusions, the vast majority of folks have been level-headed. Regardless, similar to PES 2018 where we had a beta before the demo, any chance we have to get our hands on the newest PES means that we’ll give our first PES 2022 beta impressions. Let’s get to ’em!

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What I Like – PES 2022 Beta Impressions

Cutscenes Have Been Reduced

Another small little change Konami has implemented is the reduction of cutscenes when the ball goes out of play. Whether it’s on the touchlines or out for goal kicks, it’s a nice little touch to see ball boys (confirmed on the PS5 version) toss the balls back to the players for throw-ins and goal kicks. I particularly enjoy the goalkeepers tossing the ball up on goal kicks so that the ball position isn’t perfectly placed on the line.

Hopefully the days of black screens showing up when the ball goes out of play are done. 

The New Intros

PES 2022 beta

It goes to show that just because you don’t have the official league license, it doesn’t mean you can’t have good pre-match overlays or presentation. With a stripped down presentation package that often comes with demos, Konami still gave us a little preview of what the presentation package will look like in PES 2022. Seeing the players warm-up, the kits being draped in the locker room, the pitch being watered, and the team selection might get stale after a bit, but for now the feedback is almost all positive on this front. 

Matchmaking Actually Works

For all the breakdowns of the new Unreal Engine, graphics, and more, Konami has already accomplished its goal by releasing this beta, which was creating a stable online environment. Throughout much of its existence, PES has always struggled online, both from a stability and performance point of view. So far, and it could be a result of a smaller number of players, connecting to my opponents has been painless and rather quick.

Once connected, the online performance has been smooth with little to no lag, even when faced up with connections worse off than mine. With an extremely stripped down beta, evidenced by the 6 GB size, PES 2022’s bare-bones beta has done what it set out to do.

July 21st Announcement

We’re still in the early stages when it comes to news about both FIFA and PES, but one tidbit that folks have picked up on has been the ad boards stating that news — perhaps in the form of a trailer — will be released on July 21. As society slowly creeps back towards normalcy and the Euros/Copa America keep us busy, July 21 should be here before we know it.

What I Don’t Like – PES 2022 Beta Impressions

The Camera

Whoever came up with the idea to use the default camera for this beta needs a yellow card — at bare minimum. Perfectly fine at times, the camera will also pan in at times mainly when the ball is towards the bottom of the screen — only to zoom out seconds later. These quick pans happen all over the pitch and can be a bit disorienting. Why didn’t the developers just stick with last year’s new default camera? I have no idea, but overall it isn’t too much of a concern as we know there will always be options with the full release.

Controls

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Besides the camera and visuals, the controls are the first thing that stick out to me. At least for this beta, Konami has moved away from “second-man pressure” by perhaps following in FIFA’s steps when those developers implemented “Tactical Defending” some years back and made it the default way to play defense online. As Konami further embraces esports, this seems like a conscious decision to appease those in the community who like little to no assistance when defending.

Another massive change is the move away from the R1/RB button being mapped to sprint. While some might say it’s another attempt to emulate FIFA, it’s probably just aimed at getting the most from the new PS5 DualSense controller haptics. Being pressure sensitive, the PS5 right trigger (RT) can be depressed at different pressure points to emulate walking, jogging, and sprinting — with the sensitivity customizable within the options.

Last but certainly not least, the fake shot has been reworked with long-time fans of the series noticing that the fake shot is no longer used by pressing a combination of the shoot and cross buttons, and instead involves usage of the RB/R1 button to pull off. There are some other changes, particularly with shooting, but much like the differences I’ve pointed out, it will take some time to get used to the new mechanics (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). 

New Shielding Animation

Shielding is a topic my friends and I often disagree on. While some prefer the contextual option where the game decides when and where, others like myself prefer the shielding to be tied to a button like it is in FIFA (LT/L2). I prefer the latter because it gives us the ultimate level of control, but if I’m being honest, I didn’t mind how shielding was implemented in the past few iterations of PES. For the purposes of the beta, shielding is mapped to L2/LT, and while it’s responsive, it’s downright laughable how it plays out:

Bottom Line

You’ll notice that there aren’t any gameplay mentions in this article, and rightfully so. Judging gameplay when this beta is obviously a very early build would be a bit premature. While there are some gameplay nuggets we can take away from this, such as more separation of the ball and player and how that improves dribbling, it’s obvious that Konami has a lot of refining to do. What’s positive is that the game still feels like PES, so the change from the Fox Engine to Unreal looks to have been a smooth transition. As we march towards this July 21 announcement, let’s hope that Konami releases some information even before then.

The Online Beta runs until July 7, so be sure to get a few matches in before it’s too late.

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  1. I saw some people comment that this build resembles the PES mobile version which was built on unreal. Their thinking being they ported it over as a way to show what unreal was capable of without fully dropping what a full console version would look like.
    All speculation obviously but interesting if it's true.
    Sent from my Pixel 4a (5G) using Operation Sports mobile app
    Konami copying the horrible Fifa idle defense system in favor of online users (and mostly myclub users) is a clear indication that the series will start going downhill for people interested in master league mode.
    I absolutely hated the beta and specially the new defense system, if this is the only way to defend in the game I will not buy this year version for the first time in my life.
    Tried a 2nd game and couldn't make it to 2nd half.Problem between my opponent and l and kicked us out.Before I go on I have the fasted internet and no other games present a problem.Wow make me really want to rush and buy the game.Again crap.
    electrickeeper
    It clearly says online performance test. I'm not reading into gameplay or graphics too much at this point.
    And so far it even fails on that.lol.
    Played another match for a grand total of two. Took me 3 attempts to find an opponent with a solid connection. During the both games I've had no connection issues. I've deleted it now. I'm not really into playing sports games online. Only really downloaded out of curiosity.
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    jrnlgrn
    Played another match for a grand total of two. Took me 3 attempts to find an opponent with a solid connection. During the both games I've had no connection issues. I've deleted it now. I'm not really into playing sports games online. Only really downloaded out of curiosity.
    Sent from my Pixel 4a (5G) using Operation Sports mobile app
    3 games 3 disconnects,bye bye.
    leafsfan67
    And so far it even fails on that.lol.

    Do you really not comprehend that pretty much the main purpose of this test is to identify online issues to correct prior to the game's full release? This isn't Konami showing off the game's online capabilities to impress players. It's a test not a demo, issues should be expected.
    rick diesel
    Do you really not comprehend that pretty much the main purpose of this test is to identify online issues to correct prior to the game's full release? This isn't Konami showing off the game's online capabilities to impress players. It's a test not a demo, issues should be expected.
    Don't know what your point is,mine is the online test is poor.For me it was 3 tries 3 disconnects.So it's failing.
    leafsfan67
    Don't know what your point is,mine is the online test is poor.For me it was 3 tries 3 disconnects.So it's failing.

    the online test is working perfectly: they're trying to find as many problems as possible before the release.
    Your 3 disconnects were probably very helpful.
    leafsfan67
    Tried a 2nd game and couldn't make it to 2nd half.Problem between my opponent and l and kicked us out.Before I go on I have the fasted internet and no other games present a problem.Wow make me really want to rush and buy the game.Again crap.

    That makes the beta a good thing, get these issues ironed out now before release. Beta != demo.
    leafsfan67
    Don't know what your point is,mine is the online test is poor.For me it was 3 tries 3 disconnects.So it's failing.

    It's not a poor test if it's uncovering issues. It's serving its purpose. Relax a little.
    Why are we calling this a beta? This 100% a stress test using an old PES build or potentially mobile port since the mobile version has been on Unreal Engine for a few years. This test is not meant for anything gameplay, graphics, etc. related. The test is stressing the network infrastructure and nothing more.
    Cod
    Why are we calling this a beta? This 100% a stress test using an old PES build or potentially mobile port since the mobile version has been on Unreal Engine for a few years. This test is not meant for anything gameplay, graphics, etc. related. The test is stressing the network infrastructure and nothing more.

    This way it gives the malcontents a chance to overreact about the graphics, gameplay, ectetera! :y15:
    Cod
    Why are we calling this a beta? This 100% a stress test using an old PES build or potentially mobile port since the mobile version has been on Unreal Engine for a few years. This test is not meant for anything gameplay, graphics, etc. related. The test is stressing the network infrastructure and nothing more.

    I agree with you COD but tbh I don’t think most people (unless they work in IT - software developers/ app creators/ etc…) know what a stress test is. I went with “beta” because that’s what they called the 2018 one
    Old habits die hard
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    Cod
    Why are we calling this a beta? This 100% a stress test using an old PES build or potentially mobile port since the mobile version has been on Unreal Engine for a few years. This test is not meant for anything gameplay, graphics, etc. related. The test is stressing the network infrastructure and nothing more.

    You're 100% right, but to be honest they should have specified exactly what this is, because the game really is terrible. Instead, they made it sound like this was a taste of things to come. I believe the message you get when loading the game specifically mentions, "...we hope this whets your appetite." Or, something along those lines, giving people a false impression. Maybe there's a disconnect between the devs and marketing/pr.
    KG
    I agree with you COD but tbh I don’t think most people (unless they work in IT - software developers/ app creators/ etc…) know what a stress test is. I went with “beta” because that’s what they called the 2018 one
    Old habits die hard
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    I'm a software engineer by day, so maybe that's why I'm annoyed by it lol :).
    It's clear people think beta = demo. They probably could have called it an alpha but that would probably would have gotten the same people complaining and even more confused.
    Where did Konami actually call this a beta, demo, etc.? All of their official press releases call it a test, which is what it is. See https://www.konami.com/wepes/obt/en/ps5/ for more information. See the purpose section in particular:

    • To check the quality of online matchmaking and connection, in order to make improvements before official launch.
    • To survey participants of the test, which will provide us invaluable information to further improve the game experience.

    The word "test" appears here and many other places. It does mention "beta test", which is still correct and not a "beta release". Words mean things and people don't get that.
    Yes words mean things and you left out an important bit:
    "That being said, we hope this small preview whets your appetite for the official release!"
    Emphasis on "preview" and "whets your appetite", what does that mean... Clearly there's a secondary purpose outside of testing, or at minimum an expectation for us to be fueled by what we experienced.
    They should have left that part out, unless this truly is a preview of what's to come.
    Lakers 24 7
    Yes words mean things and you left out an important bit:
    "That being said, we hope this small preview whets your appetite for the official release!"
    Emphasis on "preview" and "whets your appetite", what does that mean... Clearly there's a secondary purpose outside of testing, or at minimum an expectation for us to be fueled by what we experienced.
    They should have left that part out, unless this truly is a preview of what's to come.

    It means that Konami is trying to "wet your appetite for online play" by letting you experience "network stability upgrades". In previous years, Konami's servers have been garbage and games ending prematurely due to latency and connectivity issues has been a real problem. As the company pivots to more online features (eFootball Co-Op Championship, MyClub, etc.), the stability of the network takes on greater importance as year's go by.
    Cod
    It means that Konami is trying to "wet your appetite for online play" by letting you experience "network stability upgrades". In previous years, Konami's servers have been garbage and games ending prematurely due to latency and connectivity issues has been a real problem. As the company pivots to more online features (eFootball Co-Op Championship, MyClub, etc.), the stability of the network takes on greater importance as year's go by.

    Then why are there gameplay related questions in their survey? If this was solely about networking performance, then they wouldn't be asking for feedback on so many different gameplay elements of the beta.

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