PES EU Community Manager, Adam Bhatti, has returned to his old stomping ground within the PES community, the WENB forums, to share some news about rain not making it into the retail version of PES 2014 – and other omissions.
“Rain has not been implemented for 2014 as we had to overhaul the whole game and build it from scratch. 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.”
– He went on to mention that there has been a significant reduction in the number licensed stadia – with numbers now down nearer the 20 mark, something that has happened as a direct result of EA being “extremely aggressive with signing deals with clubs and leagues this year”. The particular loss is the entire Spanish league – all of which were licenced in PES 2013. Not one Spanish stadium will be in PES 2014.
– That was also compounded by the fact that there will also be no stadium editor in PES 2014 too.
– Also, a few of the other European teams haven’t made it into the final game too (details are still TBA).
I urge you to read his full post though – and notice his choice of location for his piece. He clearly speaks like a man that has felt personal pain as a result of this news and has chosen a place where he can share it on an equally personal level. A place where he can interact with the community directly.
What we can take away from all of this though is that we have a community voice; someone that wants to be open, honest and frank with the PES community. We have never had that before. How many of you (particularly those that have been on the forums for more than 2 years) have said the worst part about Konami’s relationship with the fans was the silence? The lack of information? Well, we have it – and not just about the easily marketable things too. Having a dedicated Community Manager for the brand, I think, is a huge step forward (even with this example being based on a negative reveal).
When all is said and done… The one thing (other than Top Flight licences) that is always asked for from the PESFan community is a football game that plays superbly. Just take a look at the impressions rolling out on Twitter from the fast-acting few that managed to get their hands on the demo-that-never-was earlier today, and it seems like business on the pitch is finally hitting the sweet spot… And that is an unfinished code.
It’s nice for immersion and realism to have 60+ stadia, extra licences teams etc. – but if we have the best game of football that the series has seen to date, does that really matter?