Thu, Aug 29, 2013 | 19:57 BST
PES 2014 won’t include Stadium Editor, Spanish Stadiums, several Spanish teams due to licensing deals
Konami has announced features such as rain, Spanish Stadiums, and several Spanish teams along with Stadium Editor will not be included in PES 2014.
According PES community manager Adam Bhatti, rain was omitted due to having to “overhaul the whole game and build it from scratch.”
“While implementing rainy weather itself is fairly feasible, we need to think through of how its effect shows through in gameplay,” he wrote. “This includes the pitch becoming slippery, ball bouncing, some elements to make the team used to that climate somewhat more power in terms of balance.
“We are going to try further this year to get the elements sorted and have them implemented for 2015.”
The reason Spanish teams and stadium are missing is because of contracts signed with EA Sports for FIFA 14.
“EA have been extremely aggressive with signing deals with clubs and leagues this year, and it has meant we can’t implement major European stadiums, including NO Spanish stadiums,” Bhatti added. “People were getting worried when they announced exclusive deals with Spanish teams. Well it turned out it meant we couldn’t implement their stadium, amongst others.
“This news came pretty late to us. Which is where a time issue came in, meaning we didn’t have time to rebuild other stadiums to replace them. PES 2014 will ship with roughly 20 stadiums.”
Other licensing woes include the culling of Stadium Editor and while Bhatti, said he could not go into details on its omission, its cut “in particular has made the team realize more than ever about acquiring licensing, and we’re determined to fight back in this regard next year.
“If things are removed from edit mode because of licensing each year, it would rip out the soul of PES, and we must not let that happen.”
Teams in Other European Leagues have seen a slight drop in numbers across certain countries and this is also due to a license lockout. A final team list from teams qualifying for Europe before is being waited on before things are finalized.
PES 14 will be available in the UK on September 20 for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.