Jon Murphy, the Pro Evolution Soccer team leader recently sat down with Eurogamer and discussed, among other aspects of the famous football game rivalry, the unequivocal fact that EA’s Fifa series is winning the ‘sales’ race at this point in time.
Murphy feels that the PES franchise has not been receiving the recognition it deserves of late, as while there was a period of dissatisfaction with the series, the recent quality of the product has returned to its former glory.
“I don’t think we’ve been given proper respect for that because so many have bought into the idea that FIFA is better, just in the same way people bought into the idea PES was much better than FIFA in years gone by, and it took a while for them to get out of that situation because it was so ingrained.
“We’re now seeing the opposite’s true. There’s an automatic assumption now that FIFA is just better,” says Murphy.
Murphy points out that fans have voiced their dissatisfaction with the PES online experience, but notes that FIFA suffers “a whole series of problems” with the online play.
Murphy also believes Konami do not get enough recognition for innovating with the series still and insinuated that the competition tend to “follow a lot” of what Konami do.
“I wouldn’t say they [EA] are actively doing that right now.
“I’m saying they have a long history of copying PES to get to where they want to be. People shouldn’t forget that’s how they got where they are,” explains Murphy.