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”.
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