Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 won’t be coming to Xbox One or PS4 due to concerns about the uptake of the next generation, Konami have confirmed.
According to CVG, Konami want to focus on perfecting their new engine before moving onto the next gen consoles. Manorito Hosoda, a marketing executive at Konami, said, “The fan base is with the current gen, and before moving on we want to make a good game with the new engine.” Konami have struggled in the past with making the leap between generations, particularly during the early days of the PS3.
Jon Murphy, the PES team leader, admitted that giving FIFA a free run at being the only football game launching on the new consoles is a risky idea. He said, “We’re kind of damned if we do and damned if we don’t. I think we’re in a slightly different position [to FIFA], because we’ve been criticised in the past about producing a ‘next gen’ version when we weren’t ready”.
The new engine that PES will be running on is Kojima’s Fox Engine, the same one that will be powering the gorgeous looking Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.