The primary competitor to the ever-popular FIFA soccer series is set to undergo a wholesale change according to the game’s publisher. Pro Evolution Soccer, which Konami Europe head Shinji Hirano stated was in the middle of a year of transition, will be “totally changed” for PES 2015.
Speaking to MCV in the UK, Hirano the company has recognized the mistakes it had been making with the game, and expects then to be fully addressed and fixed starting with this year’s version, the first of the series on the next-gen consoles.
“We know what’s been going wrong with PES,” he said. “We are working on that. The next version is totally changed. 2014 is a transitional year for the franchise, so expect big things.”
He added that although he couldn’t give too many details regarding the future of the game, he did state that the game is no longer being developed by “just Japanese people”. Hirano said that it’s about globalizing the franchise which means getting more types of people working on the game from now on.
PES 2015 is expected to release later this year for the PS4 and, presumably, Xbox One. The Xbox One version of the game has yet to be confirmed.
Mike’s Musings: A change for a somewhat struggling franchise can only be good news in my opinion. With the first next-gen version coming, it only makes sense to start out this era of Pro Evolution Soccer with something big and new. Only those creating the game know exactly what the big changes to the series will be, but I can’t deny that I’m excited to get my hands on a build of this game sooner rather than later.
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