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