When it comes to soccer (or football, if it’s called that in your neck of the woods) video games, “FIFA” has the higher profile and most of the licenses that matter most, particularly the Barclays Premier League. But fans of the series know that Konami’s “Pro Evolution Soccer” always does its best to make things interesting, and its been adding more real life leagues for this year as well.
Konami revealed Thursday that it had secured licensing for the Chilean Primera Division, known officially as the Campeonato Nacional Petrobras. All 18 teams from Chile’s top flight will be included in “Pro Evolution Soccer 14,” which goes on sale in the Americas on September 24 for PS3 and Xbox 360, with a PC release slated for later in the year.
This follows an earlier announcement that teams from the Argentine Primera Division would also appear in “PES 2014,” showing Konami’s commitment to staying on top in South America, where the company claims it already has “Latin America’s #1 Soccer Series.” Interestingly, “FIFA 14” will also feature the Chilean Primera Division, meaning the league isn’t taking sides in this particular soccer battle.
Of course the “PES” series also has the license for the UEFA Champions League, something it’s probably never ever going to give up if at all possible. It’s always good to see it push “FIFA,” because as Kendrick Lamar would surely agree, some healthy competition makes everyone involved step up their games.