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PES 2014 won’t include Stadium Editor, Spanish Stadiums, several Spanish teams due to licensing deals

Thursday, 29th August 2013 14:04 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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.

Thanks, MCV.

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  1. TF_PtMaster

    This is disappointing…

    #1 11 months ago
  2. Christopher Jack

    Licensing is overrated.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. SplatteredHouse

    I completely agree that licensing is overrated; and, all the while they’re relying on it I just think it leaves them open to losing more ground, at the whim of a competitor’s pocketbook. If it were proving successful it would be a different matter, but until that time they should try something else.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. viralshag

    Like it matters… everyone is going to be playing FIFA14 anyway. ;)

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Lv01

    licensing shouldnt be an issue, agreed, but for the mass market, it really will be. this will be a big problem for PES, regardless of how well the game plays. shame, cos this will signal the end of whatever brief competition PES was going to put up to FIFA.

    #5 11 months ago
  6. PEYJ

    It’s a real shame that Fifa can get their dirty little hands on so much licensing but ultimately that’s really all they have: licensing and gold cards. PES is the football simulator in games. Really looking forward to 20 September.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. viralshag

    @8, I’m not trying to start an argument here but just chatting, I really don’t agree though. I still find PES to be a bit more on the arcade-like side of the two.

    And nowadays it’s not even the gameplay that separates the two but the modes. I might be totally ignorant here if PES does have something like Pro clubs but that’s all I really play in FIFA these days. It’s just such a great way to play with others.

    Out of interest, can you still get the saves that people do with all the teams and players renamed? Whoever use to do that really solved a lot of the licensing issues anyway although I don’t know if that’s about anymore.

    #7 11 months ago
  8. sebastien rivas

    This is disapointing and utterly angering. And then some wonder why too few like EA. Well here is another demonstration. LAck of confidence in themselves, they have to sign huge deals that no one can afford and voila. They are almost alone on the market.
    Is EA scared others will have better Mocap or will actually take the tinme to make their game perfect?
    No wonder now why I found those Mocap in xbox1 installement upmost “average” . They don’t need to give a crap anymore.

    I am a soccer fan but not really a game soccer at all, still, I am really sad for all video game sport lovers. Soccer sounds gloomy and very…. monochromatic if you have to relay on EA for realism.

    A nice gift with a knife in the heart…

    #8 11 months ago
  9. Andrew C.

    EA are scums, that is all!

    #9 11 months ago
  10. PEYJ

    @ 9

    “I might be totally ignorant here if PES does have something like Pro clubs but that’s all I really play in FIFA these days”

    That’s what I referred to (probably arrogantly) by Gold Cards. While it’s certainly a weighty reason for the success of Fifa, I think it’s also only about imitating the stars – embrasing the stardom and having your own “slice of heaven” so to speak. It is not about simulating the weight of passing,shooting, dribling through a sort of virtual reality. This is what I claim PES is while Fifa delivers the imitation of the stardom, not footie simulation.

    To be fair, PES didn’t deliver in the last couple of years and became(as you say) arcade-like. But last year it almost returned to form, and from what I have played of PES 14 it has only improved in above mentioned physicality – probably due to the Fox engine.

    As for the amateur patches – I don’t know but it certainly was impressive work from that person/those persons.

    #10 11 months ago
  11. MadFingerz

    That thing about the lack of rain sounds like a lame excuse. PES 2 had amazing rain effects for its time so how difficult can it be?

    #11 11 months ago
  12. mathare92

    Hey Steph, MCV’s posted an update to their article. Seems like all the Spanish teams will be present.

    #12 11 months ago
  13. SplatteredHouse

    @12 Didn’t you see the part where Konami want to reflect the effect of the rain on the surface of the pitch, and how conditions affect the play. Of course it wouldn’t be complicated to add the cosmetic appearance of rain, but clearly, they’re aiming for greater; to render the rain, and integrate the weather into the way the game plays.

    #13 11 months ago
  14. MadFingerz

    @14 In PES 2 rain would slow the ball down. It was also visually awesome, with players and ball creating cool water splashes all around. This with PS2 technology, mind you. Now they have the fox engine, surely they could do something? I don’t even understand why they try so hard to be realistic, I just want something that is visually cool..

    #14 10 months ago
  15. Hamed_Begloo

    “PES 2014 won’t include Stadium Editor”

    WTF? What does this one have to do with the EA ‘agressive licensing’

    #15 10 months ago