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PES 2014 skipping PS4 & Xbox One over fears of slow user uptake

Wednesday, 17th July 2013 11:16 GMT By Dave Cook

PES 2014 will miss out on PS4 and Xbox One over fears that both consoles will see a slow uptake in users at launch, according to Konami marketing exec Manorito Hosoda.

Speaking with CVG, Hosoda said, “We’re not sure how quickly the uptake of the next generation will g,” and added, “The fan base is with the current gen, and before moving on we want to make a good game with the new engine.”

The company feels that because current-gen consoles have an install base of some 100 million users, it made more sense for the team to focus on where the players are first, before moving on to new formats.

Konami rep Jon Murphy added, “We’re kind of damned if we do and damned if we don’t. I think we’re in a slightly different position [to FIFA], because we’ve been criticised in the past about producing a ‘next gen’ version when we weren’t ready. Perhaps we’re in a slightly different position to another company in that sense.”

He stated, “We can’t get away with producing a version that isn’t absolutely shit-hot on next generation. I think we want to be confident when we do bring something out and not in a position where people are criticising us for producing a sloppy, second rate port. We’re going to produce something that puts us back to where we should be in terms of quality”.

What do you think of Konami’s decision to skip next-gen for now? Is it wise? Let us know below.

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  1. Lengendaryboss

    Wise? Not really there will be missing on the new players next gen which EA has now gotten ahold of.

    Edit: say what you want about sport games EA sells them very well with FIFA being the top seller.

    #1 9 months ago
  2. Gronke09

    So they let Fifa 14 win the PS4? not a good choice, PES14 actully looked really good.

    #2 9 months ago
  3. OmegaSlayer

    I’m with both of you.
    Really dumb decision, Konami will let soccer fans flock to FIFA14

    #3 9 months ago
  4. brenbrad7

    Actually I think this is a good move,

    Konami always said that because they have to deliver a game every year, they don’t think its enough time to really produce something epic. So I think they are taking their time with next gen PES. Mark my words, PES on PS4(when it does come out) will murder FIFA!

    #4 9 months ago
  5. Lengendaryboss

    @4
    In terms of quality: meh thats debatable and in terms of sales: not likely because of the first sentence at 1

    #5 9 months ago
  6. ps3fanboy

    @1,2,3, okay so you people have been complaining of cod yearly sloppy releases. and when finally a developer want to take the time to do things properly. it is no good and you will just drop them and jump on the fifa sloppiness…. if this is the way you want it. you all are well deserved a shitty game. so dont come complain about it how crappy it is later. when you sit there with 60 dollars of broken shit… just saying.

    #6 9 months ago
  7. Lengendaryboss

    @Ps3fanboy
    We are saying they’re missing out on an opportunity to fight EA on next-gen platforms, no-one but yourself brought up yearly releases.

    #7 9 months ago
  8. Llewelyn_MT

    Does it really matter? Who says getting FIFA over PES this year guarantees FIFA’s success on next gen next year? It’s soccer on both. Saved games don’t carry over either, or do they?

    It’s hard not agree with PS3Fanboy this once.

    #8 9 months ago
  9. Lengendaryboss

    @8
    But that is not the point having their (EA FIFA 14) game on next-gen starts building up a new audience there so when this cross-generation ports slowly or eventually come to end the audience are prepared to stick by FIFA 14 on next-gen platforms rather than the “newcomer” PES 2015. Without competition what other choice do next generation users have for their football choices. Its like i stated at 1.

    PS: Thank god you said “this once”. :)

    #9 9 months ago
  10. Stardog

    @9 There is no “new audience”. PS4/One users will all own a PS3 or 360.

    99.9% will also have their previous gen console plugged in to play GTA 5 and PES 2014.

    Any decent football game fan buys both FIFA and PES…

    #10 9 months ago
  11. Lengendaryboss

    @10
    Care to proof that? the statistics and no “new audience” With each new generation there is a new audience whether you would like to accept that or not. New generation of gamers. You can’t refute that.

    There is a new audience and there are newcomers and old-comers, you can’t just say there is no new audience without any facts to back you up.

    “Any decent football game fan buys both FIFA and PES…”
    Sale figures show that leans heavily on the FIFA side than PES.

    #11 9 months ago
  12. OlderGamer

    I told you folks that this would happen. Don’t be shocked if more pubs do the same thing. The new systems have a lot to prove. EA Sports NCAA Football 14 is skipping next gen too. Madden was on WiiU(best Madden ever made due to the way the Gamepad innovated the game), didn’t sell for a hill of beans.

    I think the current gen systems and games will compete with next gen for an extended amount of time, not seen before in the short history of video games.

    And before you say “but that was WiiU”, it sold between 3million and 3.5million units during its launch window. How many units do you expect PS4 and X1 to move during their launch windows? How about after that? Can they sustain sales? How many copies of current gen franchises do you think will be outsold by their next gen counterparts?

    In short, I am not surprised at all to see games waiting a year on next gen. They might wait longer then that.

    #12 9 months ago
  13. monkeygourmet

    @12

    You said:

    “I told you so” and “Didn’t sell for a hill of beans”,

    in the same post! All you need is a rocking chair on your porch and your Old age transformation will be complete!

    :D

    #13 9 months ago
  14. OlderGamer

    lol MG, pretty much ;)

    #14 9 months ago
  15. monkeygourmet

    @14

    Only messing! :)

    #15 9 months ago
  16. Cobra951

    A sports game won’t make it on the new consoles? Oh, what a shame that would be. (*Snicker*)

    #16 9 months ago