REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- December 7, 2004 - Konami Digital Entertainment - America, a division of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc, today announced the signing of U.S. National Team defensive star player Eddie Pope as the official cover athlete for Winning Eleven 8(tm). The game will be released this spring on the PlayStationÃ‚Â®2 computer entertainment system, PC DVD-ROM and, for the first time, on the XboxÃ‚Â® video game system.
"As one of the greatest defenders in the history of U.S. Soccer, Eddie Pope has redefined his position and is truly the perfect cover athlete for Winning Eleven 8," said Rob Goff, Product Manager at Konami Digital Entertainment - America. "With his help and the many numerous additions to this year's game - including the franchise debut on the Xbox - there is no doubt Winning Eleven 8 will own the playing field."
Pope added, "Being on the cover of a video game is the new standard for any athlete. I've always been a big fan of Winning Eleven and I'm honored to be a part of it because this is the best playing soccer game in the world. Konami has managed to capture the passion and excitement of the game down to the smallest details. It's an incredibly realistic soccer experience."
Developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo, Winning Eleven 8 delivers a wealth of new moves, tricks and more in-depth gameplay. This includes new free kick and penalty kick techniques, an innovative indirect free kick move and a new dribbling system that offers more control as gamers go one-on-one against opposing players. Winning Eleven 8 will also include an on-screen referee - another first in the series.
Further adding to the realism of the game, Winning Eleven 8 will feature 136 club teams, 57 national teams (including the Italian, Spanish and Dutch leagues under the official license), and control of up to 4,500 of the world's greatest soccer players. Players are brought to life through photo realistic graphics and authentically modeled features, as well as individual styles of play, movement and ball control. Along with these new features will be more advanced player stats that govern every aspect of their play.
Winning Eleven 8 will be available at retailers nationwide in spring 2005 for the PlayStationÃ‚Â®2 computer entertainment system, PC DVD-ROM and XboxÃ‚Â® video game system from MicrosoftÃ’.
About Eddie Pope
A member of the 1998 and 2002 World Cup teams and the 1997 Honda U.S. Soccer Player of the Year, "Steady Eddie" has appeared in more than 60 International matches as he has anchored the National Team defense since 1996. Pope's Major League Soccer career has been no less than extraordinary. The two-time MLS Defender of the Year has been a member of three MLS Cup Championship squads during his remarkable nine years in professional soccer.
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