The upcoming PES 2014 will not be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One because of fears regarding install bases and sloppy ports.
Konami executive Manorito Hosoda told CVG that his company wasn’t certain how the uptake of next-gen hardware would go and as such, would play it safe.
"The fan base is with the current gen, and before moving on we want to make a good game with the new engine," said Hosoda.
His colleague Jon Murphy acknowledged that in some ways being a launch title for a new console was a positive, but said the ghost of PES’s disastrous PlayStation 3 debut loomed large.
"We're kind of damned if we do and damned if we don't,” said Murphy.
“I think we're in a slightly different position [to FIFA], because we've been criticised in the past about producing a 'next gen' version when we weren't ready.
"Perhaps we're in a slightly different position to another company in that sense. We can't get away with producing a version that isn't absolutely shit-hot on next generation.”
"I think we want to be confident when we do bring something out and not in a position where people are criticising us for producing a sloppy, second rate port.
“We're going to produce something that puts us back to where we should be in terms of quality."
PES 2014 is built on the Fox Engine, and is expected to be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows PC this year.