Konami believes its Pro Evolution Soccer series can overtake EA Sports’ Fifa in terms of presentation and visuals inside “a couple of years” and that it truly is “definitely catching up”. The comments come ahead from the release of PES 2016 in the UK on 18 September.
“We’re undoubtedly catching up with Fifa, and we’ve got to be respectful about that. We’ve got to keep closing that gap. Inside a couple of years we’ll clearly lead once again. But we’ve to convince plenty of folks,” stated PES European item manager Adam Bhatti in an interview with MCV. “There are factors we can not handle like licences, but with regards to presentation, visuals, we wish to be industry- leading.”
The situation of licenses may be the major reason for the gulf in sales in between the two football franchises. EA Sports has the official Fifa license, which encompasses all of the world’s significant teams and leagues, although Konami has to obtain these on a team-by-team or league-by-league basis. The authenticity of presentation this provides Fifa coins counts for any lot.
Pro Evo has the top Spanish and French leagues totally licensed but not England’s Premier League, for which Konami has name and likeness rights to all of the teams but only the complete license (with kits and logo) for Manchester United.
PES also has the Champions League and Europa League licenses, which Fifa coins will not, and Konami not too long ago acquired the license for the 2016 European Championship. It has not however announced how that license is going to be utilised.
Where PES can compete is gameplay, which taking a look at a raft of previews comparing the games and reviews of PES 2016, seems to be the portion this year’s game nails. Some critiques have even called it the greatest football game of all time. If not in sales, it truly is in providing the best gameplay that PES can leading Fifa, and it might have currently – but preserving that quality will likely be the important to any additional progress.