Konami hails PES rebirth

Konami is celebrating the triumph of its ‘much improved’ Pro Evolution Soccer series – after the latest iteration hits No.1 in the All Formats Chart.

PES 2010 took the top spot in the ELSPA/GfK-ChartTrack rankings on Monday, ahead of Microsoft’s Forza 3, EA’s FIFA 10 and Sega’s Mario And Sonic At The Olympic Winter Games.

The company told MCV that the game’s success was largely down to improvements made after close consultation with the series’ fans following the release of PES 2009.

We are delighted to see PES 2010 top the chart against some incredibly strong competition,” said Konami GM Peter Stone.

With the likes of Forza 3 and WWE Smackdown released on the same day, it is great to see our revitalised and much improved crowd-pleaser emerge triumphant. PES is a key series for us, and we have high hopes for the coming year.”

As revealed on MCVUK.com, 66 per cent of the game’s overall unit sales in its opening weekend were on PS3. According to GfK-ChartTrack data, Xbox 360 claimed 32 per cent, with PC generating just two per cent.

Konami previously revealed that it had shipped three million copies of the title to retail. The series has sold over 55.5 million units to date.

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