We can confirm that there will NOT be D-pad controls for Pro Evolution Soccer 2012.
Asim Tanvir tweeted today;
Yes, the rumour is true. No d-pad controls for #PES2012 and no need for them either, analog provides the better experience.
So, d-pad controls will now be used for on the fly tactics. Wanted to keep it locked as a surprise, but out of the bag now!
As a player who has successfully converted to using the analogue sticks for a number of years now, this news isn't exactly getting me down.
But if this news has upset you, please don't be scared to voice your anger appropriately in the comments section below.