"were not prepared enough" in meeting the expectations of the current gens.
Every new title in the series meant more game freedom "gradually disappeared" said Takatsuka-san. PES 2011 can "triple" what fans expect.
"As the leader of the team, I really wanted to create PES 2011 at the start of the current generation of consoles, but from the PS2 to PS3 that timing was very difficult for us. Looking back our team spirit needed a change as well at that time," producer Takatsuka-san told , at the Tokyo unveiling of PES 2011.
To prove that Konami is committed to making the latest PES a real winner they've invited a small army of Western journalists to their Tokyo digs to show what's changed.
"We've been developing PES for over 10 years since PlayStation 1," he said. "Every time we release a new version we've found that the freedom of the game has gradually disappeared. We maybe made it too complicated."
"In order to make the game feel like PES, this perhaps became an excuse for not making enough changes," he added. "We were running in many different directions; today I think we're pretty much stable on which direction we should go."
"We're not shy of saying we made our mistakes in the past, but we want to use that to give back double, even triple the expectations of our users today. I think we can do that with PES 2011." The new changes coming are reworked passing, defence and tactical mechanics, better animation and the addition of Master League Online.
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