Konami’s rebuilding the PES franchise, but it’s a “long process”

Friday, 6th May 2011 17:51 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Konami has said it doesn’t believe there is a “huge gap,” between its Pro Evolution Soccer series and EA’s FIFA. However, there are current plans at the firm to rebuild the franchise, but don’t look for it soon, as it will be a “long process.”

Speaking MCV, Konami’s UK general manager Pete Stone said: “I don’t think there’s a massive gap in terms of the playability [between PES and FIFA]. There are certain areas we need to improve, but it’s not a huge gap – and we’re gradually closing it.”

“We may not outsell FIFA, but we can sell enough so that it’s good from our point of view,” he continued. “Don’t think of it as a battle where we’re trying to ‘win’, or outsell them, because that’s not necessarily the case.

“We’ve made progress and that’s beginning to be noticed, but we’re also going to spend a few years rebuilding PES and sales. It’s a long process.”

Stone said the current version of PES helped stabilize sales of the series after a period of commercial decline, and that the firm expects the next iteration in the series releasing this fall to remain flat.



  1. Razor

    Don’t take too long, Seabass.

    Patience is thin.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Stardog

    They say this every year then release the same old crap. There are problems (with easy fixes) in the game that have been there since PES3/4 that they won’t fix.

    (There since the early days) Top Player difficulty is basically “cheat mode” where your opponents get faster/stronger. A 36-year-old DC can out sprint your 26-year-old genius with 96 speed/accel. Top Player should improve the AI, not make them cheat.

    (There since the early days) Tackles through the back of your player without getting the ball are rarely free-kicks.

    (There since the early days) Players miss some very easy chances.

    (There since the early days) When firing a fast cross into a striker, the player-switch system won’t select them, so they end up not even trying to shoot, instead, controlling the ball, before finally you can shoot.

    (There since the early days) Players rarely make runs when you have the ball in midfield. You have to wait and wait while they jog slowly. FIFA lets you force a run with L1/LB. Why hasn’t PES copied this?

    Konami should just give up. They are too far behind.

    #2 4 years ago
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