Its week one physical sales may have been lower, but Konami believes that the quality of PES 2017 will turn things around for its famous football franchise.
The firm told MCV that it is on a mission to change perceptions about the series, which for a period had fallen behind FIFA in terms of quality.
This year's PES 2017 has received a very positive reception with a Metacritic score of 89 for the Xbox One SKU and 87 on PS4.
We are delighted with the critical reception PES 2017 has received,” the series' global product and brand manager Adam Bhatti told MCV.
We naturally believe in it as a product and where it is headed, but the level of love for the game this year is staggering. Our stated intentions have been universally well received and the review scores are mind-blowing. Such reviews help justify the big improvements and the overall direction we're taking the series. We will never underestimate EA and the talented FIFA team, but our goal is naturally to establish PES as the definitive football title.
To do this, we need to sustain this level of quality for a long time to come – and we genuinely believe this will equate to more users and, in time, increased sales. We have managed to change perceptions of the series in a few years, but cannot afford to rest on our laurels, though, and will be looking into where we go from here and addressing how we can further enhance the game via download elements during the coming year. We focused on always improving and looking to grow the series.”
PES 2017's physical sales were down slightly by three per cent, although these figures do not factor in digital downloads.