PES Marketing Producer Manorito Hosoda has explained why PES 2014 will be missing the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Speaking to CVG at the UK PES 2014 Community Day earlier this month, Hosoda confirmed Konami want to make "a good game with the new engine" before they switch their main focus onto the next generation of consoles.
"We're not sure how quickly the uptake of the next generation will go. The fan base is with the current gen, and before moving on we want to make a good game with the new engine."
European PES Team Leader Jon Murphy also used the opportunity to share his verdict.
"We're kind of damned if we do and damned if we don't. I think we're in a slightly different position [to FIFA], because we've been criticised in the past about producing a 'next gen' version when we weren't ready.
"Perhaps we're in a slightly different position to another company in that sense. We can't get away with producing a version that isn't absolutely shit-hot on next generation.
"I think we want to be confident when we do bring something out and not in a position where people are criticising us for producing a sloppy, second rate port. We're going to produce something that puts us back to where we should be in terms of quality".
Admittedly, it's been over a month since we were first told about this news, however, it's always good to get some clarity (and some shit-hot quotes) from the Konami camp.
As for the decision itself, being someone who bought an Xbox 360 specifically for PES 2008, clearly, I have absolutely no problem with the decision to delay next-gen PES for another 12 months. Like Jon Murphy suggests, Konami simply cannot allow history to repeat itself.
Do you think this is a logical move by Konami? And do you still have plans to get an Xbox One or PS4 at launch? Make sure you share your thoughts in the comments section below.