PES 2014 won’t be heading to PS4 and Xbox One later this year, effectively handing sales over to EA, who are bringing their football title FIFA 14 to the systems.
Marking executive Manorito Hosoda, speaking to CVG, cites the slow adoption rate of new consoles as the reason for the decision, saying “We’re not sure how quickly the uptake of the next generation will go”, adding that “before moving on we want to make a good game with the new engine.”
Some valid reasons, but it’s hard not to think FIFA’s dominance is another big reason – how many people would actually choose a next generation of PES over FIFA?
John Murphy, another PES representative spoke about how they’ve “been criticised in the past about producing a ‘next gen’ version when we weren’t ready”, referring to the poor PS3 port of the series, when they struggled to change the PS2 engine.
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.
Fighting words there; hopefully they can do the next generation of consoles justice with the inevitable PES 2015.