Over the past few years, EA's FIFA franchise has been the reigning king of the soccer genre, in terms of both sales and critic reception.
But Konami says they're "closing the gap" between their Pro Evolution Soccer series and FIFA . UK general manager Pete stone admits PES may never top EA's extremely popular franchise in the sales department but in regards to quality, they believe they can reclaim the adoration of both gamers and critics. Remember, at one point, Konami was outstripping EA… Said Stone:
"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."
Soccer fans can be a demanding bunch, so it's important for developers to put their best foot forward. ('cough') It can be difficult to take on a name that has become synonymous with video game futbol, but Konami has proven themselves before in this department, so why can't they do it again?