Konami pledges ‘sea change in PES approach

‘We’ve listened to disappointed fans’, publisher tells MCV

Konami has admitted mistakes with its last PES games – and told MCV there has been a ‘sea change’ in attitude at the publisher in preparation for the next title.

The firm told MCV that it was aware that fans of the series felt frustrated by the last game – particularly the community elements – and said it felt confident of a more positive reaction to PES 2010.

The publisher said that PES developer Winning Eleven Productions had ‘opened dialogue’ with fans during development – an approach Konami will continue through the game’s release.

When I started looking at what we’d done right and wrong on PES 2009 back in October I found plenty of opportunities, but the stand out factor was the frustration fans felt trying to communicate with Konami,” PES team leader Jon Murphy told MCV.

This time, we began with gathering product feedback, which were passed to the team.

The developer has started to open up and we’re already seeing results.”

PES 2010 is due for release later this year, and Konami will hope that sales of the game can catch nearest rival FIFA this time round.

This isn’t the start of a new process for Pro Evolution Soccer 2010, it’s a sea change in attitude for now and the future,” added Murphy. We’re not going to get everything right straight away, but we are striding off in the right direction.”

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