Yesterday, PES 2014 Community Manager Adam Bhatti took to the games unofficial blog site, Winning Eleven, to drop a hefty dose of bad news. Beginning with the announcement that rain would not be a feature of the upcoming game (citing the games complete overhaul as the reason), Bhatti went on to discuss the licensing issues Konami were facing with the latest entry in the series.
According to the post, due to EA aggressively signing deals with clubs and leagues, there will be a considerable drop in the number of stadiums, including no Spanish stadiums. EA’s exclusive deals will mean that PES 2014 will only ship with 20 stadiums. Bhatti added some more information on this reduction from his Twitter account shortly after
@Freye74 expect around 14 real stadiums and 5/6 fake ones.
— Adam Bhatti (@Adam_Bhatti) August 28, 2013
14 stadiums is a far cry from PES 2013, which last year shipped with 24 officially licensed grounds. To add to this, Bhatti confirmed that the stadium editor will be completely removed from the 2014 version, and there will be slight drop in the Other European Teams roster, again due to licencing lockouts.
This is a big hit for Konami to take and plenty fuel for the EA haters out there. Only time will tell how this will impact the FIFA vs PES rivalry, but Bhatti went on to assure readers that from now on it will only be positive press for PES 2014.
To read the full post, including fan reactions, head over to the forum post here