This year's installment of Konami's soccer simulation PES won't be seeing a release on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the publisher has confirmed.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 won't be seeing a release on the Vita or 3DS, either. The game will be available later this year for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and PSP.
This year Konami says it will be making PES using Kojima Productions' Fox engine, the same technology behind Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Konami says PES 2014 will feature six main tenets, revolving primarily around what Konami calls its TrueBall technology. Konami says TrueBall features advanced physics that allow the player to trap or knock on a pass using the analogue stick.
PES 2014 will also feature Konami's Motion Animation Stability System, which claims to simulate the "bodily contact" between multiple players. There's also Heart, which allows teammates to rally together to boost the morale of flagging individuals. "One moment of individual brilliance can produce a galvanising effect on teammates," says Konami.
"The cauldron effect of a vibrant stadium will showcase the mood of the fans, with all-new sound effects combining with stunning AI systems to create a palpable match day atmosphere," Konami added.
PES European community manager Adam Bhatti took to Twitter following the game's announcement to explain Konami's decision not to bring PES 2014 to next-gen platforms. "Not in the business for highres nextgen ports," he wrote. "We can't and shouldn't do that. Bad habit etc."
"So the fact we're not on PS4/Xbone with PES 2014 is simple. We can't and shouldn't be just using higher quality textures etc." Bhatti said that a next-gen version of a title "should be new."
"In the past people accused us of being lazy," added Bhatti. "We're adamant of not making the same mistakes, and making sure we create amazing football games."
"It's hardly amazing making the nextgen version prettier. We shouldn't have that mentality, and you shouldn't expect that. Aim higher."
"I'm a gamer like u, can't wait for nextgen, so I feel your pain. But once u see #PES2014 in action, that pain will disappear. It's stunning," concluded Bhatti.