Decision To Drop ‘PES 2019’ From PS Plus Was Sony’s Decision And Surprised Konami
Earlier this week Sony surprised PlayStation Plus members by swapping out PES 2019 for Detroit: Become Human in this month's PS+ lineup. Though, it wasn't just players who were surprised by the announcement, it appears Konami staff weren't in the loop either.
"I cannot really tell you what happened because I just found out today, in the morning when I opened my laptop," European PES brand manager Lennart Bobzien told Gamespot. "I can't really explain."
Sony didn't explain the swap in its announcement, instead saying "We are making a swap to the PS Plus games lineup for July. This month, we are adding Detroit: Become Human Digital Deluxe Edition [...] to the July games lineup instead of Pro Evolution Soccer 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience."
Again, talking to Gamespot, a Konami spokesperson simply said "This decision was made by Sony and so please make an inquiry to Sony".
While there's no public explanation for PES's replacement, there was a little frustration of the announcement from some players who pointed out a new PES isn't far away. And it was a sport-focused month, with the other game being retro-styled arcade racer Horizon Chase Zero. Detroit: Become Human balances that out a bit, plus it was a PlayStation exclusive making it a more valuable prospect.
Maybe someone at Sony lost a lot of money betting on the Women's World Cup and they couldn't bear to see another football game, let alone distribute one to thousands of people. Unless Sony ever opens up on its decision I think we're just going to have to assume that was the case. Or the person who signed off on the deal thought PES 2019 was some sort of deal on Pez sweets and backed out of it when they realised their mistake.
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