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Konami "Rebuilding" PES To Close Gap With FIFA

Jonathan Lester
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Konami "Rebuilding" PES To Close Gap With FIFA

After a few years in the sun, Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer series has once again been eclipsed by EA's FIFA goliath in terms of sales and critical reception... but they aren't going to give up that easily. Konami believe that PES is closing the gap with its bitter rival in terms of replayability and sales - but that they'll need to spend some serious time "rebuilding" the franchise in order to catch up.

I don’t think there’s a massive gap in terms of the playability. There are certain areas we need to improve, but it’s not a huge gap – and we’re gradually closing it.We may not outsell FIFA, but we can sell enough so that it’s good from our point of view. Don’t think of it as a battle where we’re trying to ‘win’, or outsell them, because that’s not necessarily the case.

We’ve made progress and that’s beginning to be noticed, but we’re also going to spend a few years rebuilding PES and sales. It’s a long process. - Konami's UK general manager Pete Stone to MCV

For the record, we gave PES 2011 a perfectly respectable 7/10 when it launched last year - compared with FIFA 11's 8/10.

Does Konami have a mountain to climb? Or is PES closing the gap faster than Konami might think? Have your say in the comments!

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DirtyPixel  May. 6, 2011 at 21:11

Konami have been saying this for the last 5 years or so, and have never delivered on what were once "nex-gen" machines such as the 360 or PS3. Their glory days on PS1/PS2/SNES are LONG behind them. Do they really expect gamers to swallow this promise for the 5th year running?

I was a PES die hard back then, but lost faith after 3 years of giving them a chance to 'rebuild' the franchise and have gone with FIFA since the 09 version. Each year since, FIFA has built on previous engines and while some changes have been subtle, it remains BY FAR the most rounded and enjoyable console footie game.

Definitely my most played games each year for the last 3 years and unless Konami GENUINELY get off their backsides and deliver on the promise, I don't see anything toppling FIFA during the lifetime of the current generation machines.

KONAMI - quit promising and deliver for once!


Akai  May. 7, 2011 at 11:25

@DirtyPixel I admit everything before 2011 on the next-gen have been shoddy but If you played 2011 then you would know they did delivered. Never have I played a football game that had so much freedom with the passing system and theres such something unpredictable in a match in PES than in FIFA.

KONAMI has never toppled EA in sales and never will unless they get full licenses which baffles me to why they always have different licensed english teams each game

Jason  May. 11, 2011 at 17:09

@Akai. I'm a long time PES fan and was gutted to have to admit that Fifa had overtaken them a few years back. But I do play both each year and have to say that PES2011 is a massive step forward and I'm optimistic that this year they'll take back the crown.

willzp  May. 19, 2011 at 07:47

@DirtyPixel i agree with everything you've said. Im in exactly the same boat.


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