Konami’s next football / soccer title will not be released on PlayStation 4, Vita, XBOX One or 3DS.
Bhatti, representing Konami today said:
“We’re not in the business for high-res next-gen ports. We can’t and shouldn’t do that. Bad habit etc,” he stated. “So the fact we’re not on PS4/Xbox One with PES 2014 is simple. We can’t and shouldn’t be just using higher quality textures etc should be new.”
“In the past people accused us of being lazy. We’re adamant of not making the same mistakes, and making sure we create amazing football games. It’s hardly amazing making the next-gen version prettier. We shouldn’t have that mentality, and you shouldn’t expect that. Aim higher.”
“I’m a gamer like you, can’t wait for next-gen, so I feel your pain. But once you see PES 2014 in action, that pain will disappear. It’s stunning.”
Bhatti also listed many additional reasons why the publisher decided against a next-gen release this year.
“I think it’s important to remember our biggest markets, where we are number 1 (Latam/Asia) [sic] won’t shift to next-gen as quick as Europe,” he added. “We can’t just leave our most passion fans behind. Besides, the quality of the current version is high enough.
“There will be possibly 2m next-gen consoles available to buy this year. Majority will be US based. European market will have less than US = small market to sell to in general for a long time.
“We’re Konami, not Ubisoft, EA etc. We don’t have deep pockets. We have built one new engine, we don’t have the money or resources to build two unique engines. AC4 for example will be just prettier. You want that? How many people do you think will buy a next-gen console this year alone? Think about availability too.”