PES 2014 Loses Spanish Stadiums and Stadium Editor Due to "Aggressive" EA Deals
Written Thursday, August 29, 2013 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
PES 2014 won't include Spanish stadiums or a stadium editor, apparently thanks to EA's "extremely aggressive" licensing for FIFA 14. PES Community Manager Adam Bhatti claims that EA's deals with certain clubs and leagues this year have meant a reduction in content for PES 2014.
"EA have been extremely aggressive with signing deals with clubs and leagues this year, and it has meant we can't implement major European stadiums, including NO Spanish stadiums," Bhatti told the Winning Eleven Blog. "People were getting worried when they announced exclusive deals with Spanish teams. Well it turned out it meant we couldn't implement their stadium, amongst others.
"This news came pretty late to us. Which is where a time issue came in, meaning we didn't have time to rebuild other stadiums to replace them. PES 2014 will ship with roughly 20 stadiums."
Bhatti counts the fan favourite stadium editor as the biggest loss, with the entire feature to be stripped from Konami's football game.
"I can't go into it, but this in particular has made the team realise more than ever about acquiring licensing, and we're determined to fight back in this regard next year. If things are removed from edit mode because of licensing each year, it would rip out the soul of PES, and we must not let that happen."
As well as fewer licensed European teams for PES 2014, Bhatti also gave a statement explaining why rainy weather will also be excised from the game. It's down to having to start from scratch and build PES 2014 from the ground up with the new FOX Engine.
"Rain has not been implemented for 2014 as we had to overhaul the whole game and build it from scratch," reads Bhatti's statement. "While implementing rainy weather itself is fairly feasible, we need to think through of how its effect shows through in gameplay. This includes the pitch becoming slippery, ball bouncing, some elements to make the team used to that climate somewhat more power in terms of balance.
"We are going to try further this year to get the elements sorted and have them implemented for 2015.
"As for the kits getting dirty, this triggers on multiple requirements, often to do with the player contacting the ground."
PES 2014 is out on September 24th in North America and September 27th in Europe. You can read our latest hands-on preview here.