Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer 14 was released over a month ago – and unfortunately for Xbox 360 gamers, the online multiplayer has been broken. While PS3 and PC gamers have been able to take on their friends in the beautiful game, Xbox 360 gamers have had to contend with playing all by themselves. That is no longer the case.
Konami has sent out a press release confirming that they finally fixed online multiplayer in PES 2014 for Xbox 360 players. A simple title update should now be available to download on the Xbox 360, that should enable online play.
The update not only adds online functionality, but also delivers the Master League Online service, and fixes whatever troubles you’ve had getting Konami data-packs working.
In the press release, Konami has also said that the full 11v11online mode is in beta, and would become available “within the coming weeks.” They also detail another pack, coming in November, that promises over 800 player face updates, updated rosters and gameplay improvements.
Konami is “extremely grateful for the patience and understanding shown by PES 2014 users affected by the issues”.
Tell you what though. If I were a sports fan, and I picked up PES 14 on the Xbox, I’d be pissed. No online for a month? I think it would have taken no time at all before I flogged the game and got FIFA instead. Honestly… a patch a month after release is too little too late – and I think whatever goodwill Konami picked up with this new PES has been thoroughly pissed away.
We’ve discussed it before – but Konami just no longer has the resources to compete with the likes of EA and its FIFA property. Without the money, technology, huge development teams and those very important licences, I can’t help but feel that PES will keep paling in comparison to FIFA every year.