The much anticipated release of Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 was finally made public on Thursday by Konami Digital Entertainment, the Japanese video game giant which in July signed an agreement to become a Premium Partner of FC Barcelona for the next three seasons.

"KONAMI is extremely proud of what we have achieved with PES 2017,” said Tomotada Tashiro, President of Konami Digital Entertainment B.V.

PES 2017, which is available for PlayStation®4, XboxOne, PlayStation®3, Xbox360 and Steam, is the most intuitive version yet, incorporating a series of state-of-the-art elements that deliver the most realistic match day experience ever produced.

“We have established close relationships with key partners to ensure the realism within the game reaches new heights,” Mr. Tashiro said.

One of the keys to the unprecedented level of realism offered by PES 2017 was made possible by the alliances KONAMI cultivated with a some of the world’s biggest and most important football clubs, among them FC Barcelona.

Seemingly endless options that allow users to fully customize their PES experience — from controlling the weight and speed of passes to jaw-dropping advances for goalkeepers — all add up to a PES 2017 that is sure to delight.

“PES 2017 represents a new standard in football games and we are delighted that, from today, football fans all over the world can get to grips with its many intricacies and stunning gameplay,” Mr. Tashiro concluded.