Konami’s latest football release won't be released on next-gen consoles this time around.
PES 2014 was announced just minutes ago but the publisher’s European PES community manager Adam Bhatti has already taken to Twitter to confirm that the game will definitely be Xbox 360, PS3 and PSP only this year.
“[We’re] not in the business for high-res next-gen ports. We can't and shouldn't do that. Bad habit etc,” he stated. “So the fact we're not on PS4/Xbone with PES 2014 is simple. We can't and shouldn't be just using higher quality textures etc should be new.
“In the past people accused us of being lazy. We're adamant of not making the same mistakes, and making sure we create amazing football games. It's hardly amazing making the next-gen version prettier. We shouldn't have that mentality, and you shouldn't expect that. Aim higher.
“I'm a gamer like you, can't wait for next-gen, so I feel your pain. But once you see PES 2014 in action, that pain will disappear. It's stunning.”
When pressed on the subject, Bhatti listed a number of additional reasons why the publisher didn’t feel a next-gen release was appropriate this year.
“I think it's important to remember our biggest markets, where we are number 1 (Latam/Asia) [sic] won't shift to next-gen as quick as Europe,” he added. “We can't just leave our most passion fans behind. Besides, the quality of the current version is high enough.
“There will be possibly 2m next-gen consoles available to buy this year. Majority will be US based. European market will have less than US = small market to sell to in general for a long time.
“We're Konami, not Ubisoft, EA etc. We don’t have deep pockets. We have built one new engine, we don't have the money or resources to build two unique engines. AC4 for example will be just prettier. You want that? How many people do you think will buy a next-gen console this year alone? Think about availability too.”
Bhatti also said that no 3DS release was planned as “no-one bought” PES 2013 on 3DS and that a Vita version is not planned because: “The install base isn't great. We're doing a PSP version because there's still demand for it. A very small team work on it. Very small.”
When pressed on the decision to skip PS4 and Xbox One when their arrival is just around the corner and whether that could damage PES 2014’s potential sales, Bhatti added: “There's always a concern, but you're overestimating the speed of uptake.”