UPDATE - Monday 24th February: Konami Japan have given the following statement to explain why they have decided to shut down PES-AF:
“We appreciate that many of the PES-AF users are disappointed about the closure on the 7th of April. However, we made the decision from such a strategic point of view that the PES franchise should be appropriately expanded. We will announce future development of the franchise once prepared.”
Konami has confirmed their development team have stopped working on PES Association Football, and the Facebook game will be retired as of Monday 7th April.
The PES-AF Community Managers - Kevin and Natchai - have posted their own blog to share their thoughts ahead of the game's closure, while also revealing how they plan to "go out with a bang" following the release of PES-AF's final in-game update.
The following message was also published on the game's official Facebook page:
It is with regret we have to inform everyone that PES – Association Football will be retired as of April 7th, 2014, with the last League and Cup matches taking place on March 23rd.
We apologise for any disappointment and inconvenience this will cause.
Everyone involved in the creation of PES-AF wishes to thank our dedicated fans for their help in growing and shaping the game - we truly appreciate it. We do hope that you will continue to play and enjoy the game until its closure.
In anticipation of the game’s retirement we have immediately disabled Coin purchases. Any Coins currently owned can be used until the game closes. More details will be made available from the Community Management team shortly via our social channels.
Thank you for playing PES - Association Football.
The PES - Association Football Team