Konami Was Surprised By PES 2019 Removal From PS Plus Selection

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Konami Was Surprised By PES 2019 Removal From PS Plus Selection

Konami Was Surprised By PES 2019 Removal From PS Plus Selection

Sony raised some eyebrows when it said Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 would no longer be a free game for PS Plus subscribers in July, with Detroit: Become Human Digital Deluxe Edition (which includes Heavy Rain) taking its place. But if you’re wondering why the change occurred, statements from Sony and PES publisher Konami didn’t shed too much light on the matter, beyond revealing who made the call.

Sony has since admitted the decision was its choice. “We have decided to make a change to the PS Plus games lineup this month, and will be offering Detroit: Become Human Digital Deluxe Edition instead of PES 2019. This was a decision we decided to make as a company, and we apologize for any inconvenience.” That still doesn’t explain why the change was made.

I can understand that PES has a more limited appeal than Detroit, but I know some people that were genuinely excited to be getting a sports title as a free game. Sony so rarely gives them out that it felt like a nice gimmie to those who do enjoy them. I suppose the company had decided upon something that would get more people interested in signing up for Plus, but I’m still not pleased with such a last minute change. It’s especially puzzling when the game’s developer wasn’t even the one making the call. Truly an odd situation.

European PES brand manager Lennart Bobzien, meanwhile, told GameSpot on the day of the change that it was not planned and had taken Konami by surprise: “I cannot really tell you what happened because I just found out today, in the morning when I opened my laptop. I can’t really explain.”

PES 2019’s successor is on the way later this year. It’s officially titled eFootball: PES 2020 and will include Manchester United as a licensed team. It won’t, however, feature any women’s teams.

PES 2020 launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on September 10. A demo version, which includes online and offline match types as well as the game’s edit mode, will launch on July 30.