PES is to be "totally changed" for this year's release, Konami has revealed, citing 2014 as a "transitional year for the franchise".

Discussing this year's title with MCV, Konami Europe head Shinji Hirano revealed that while he "can't say certain things about PES 2015... we are ready to make a comeback.

"I cannot give details on exactly what we are doing with the UK studio, but they are working on the next project and looking at the needs of the European people. It's about globalising the franchise, so it is not just being developed by Japanese people."

Konami opened a UK arm of PES Productions in 2012, which is believed to be heavily involved in the development of a next-gen version of PES.

And the publisher appears to have recognised mistakes it has made with the series in recent years, and has big hopes to revive it with this year's title.

"We know what's been going wrong with PES," added Hirano, "we are working on that. The next version is totally changed. 2014 is a transitional year for the franchise, so expect big things."

Konami skipped a next-gen release of PES 2014 last year, despite the two consoles being available shortly after the game's initial release.

Instead, the series will be making its next-gen debut on PS4 - and presumably Xbox One - later this year.

Source: MCV | Issue 773

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