The reason is because they had to "overhaul the whole game" and didn't have time to squeeze it in comfortably. The absence of any Spanish stadium is down to "extremely aggressive" EA Sports.
The PES 2014 team "can't implement major European stadiums, including NO Spanish stadiums," because of EA's 'go for the throat' licensing with Football clubs.
The news of the Spanish stadiums being off limits came too late for the PES team meaning they didn't have time to rebuild them before launch, and it’s why the game ships with just 20 stadiums to choose from.
"Adding to the licensing woah, Stadium editor has been removed," Bhatti continued in his . "This, personally, is the biggest hit. I can't go into it, but this in particular has made the team realise more than ever about acquiring licensing, and we're determined to fight back in this regard next year."
"Finally, and less impacting, Teams in Other European League has seen a slight drop in numbers across certain countries. Again (hate to keep saying it) license lockout. Nothing too major, but I'm awaiting final team lists from teams qualifying for Europe before we finalise it."
PES 2014 is built using the Fox Engine from Metal Gear Solid creators Kojima Productions. It releases on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 September 20th in the UK, 24th in the US. FIFA 14 hits around the same time.
Franchise fights, right EA?