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What To Expect When You're PESpecting


Feeling a little anxious about this year’s PES? When will it be announced? When will we see it? Well… you don’t have long to wait.

Eight weeks on from the EDGE reveal of the “New Engine” and PES fans continue to wring out the internet for information on the forthcoming PES 2014. Eight weeks is a long time but Konami have a plan in place, a timeline that they intend to follow in order to make sure their product is well understood and received. We all want to see more of Konami’s new game engine that promises so much, but only they will know when it’s ready.

The words printed on the pages of EDGE Magazine Issue 252 and the subsequent POM Interview with Kei Masuda are filling hundred of gaming forum threads around the world. Some statements might be taken out of context, due to translation errors etc, misleading various communities. This situation was further amplified with constant links to Kojima Productions’ Metal Gear Solid V (Ground Zeroes/Phantom Pain) following earlier comments by the PES team about sharing some of the FOX Engine technology within Konami. But the majority of what has been reported has just tickled the nerve endings of every football gamers hands. It’s important at a time like this not to over-analyse what is said by the development team and gaming journalists, instead absorb those words and imagine how it would impact your playing experience.

For those who are too anxious, rest assured this years’ PES will be unveiled by E3 at the latest. This is a big year for the PES Productions team and Konami as a company. PES remains a major focus for the Japanese developer, as it has surprisingly managed to maintain it’s following in major global territories through the dark early days of this current generation (PES 2008 made me cry on camera in the middle of the Gamescom show floor, it was that poor). We must remind ourselves that this engine has been in development for some time now and if anything the developers themselves, Masuda et al., are probably more desperate than us to unveil their new baby.

Its a patience game, and PES 2014 will be announced at or before E3. I urge you to spend as much time playing PES 2013 as you possibly can right now. The honest reality is that once you have seen PES 2014 in motion, you might just decide you can’t look at 2013 with the same affection anymore.

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