Ouch. Konami must be pretty pes-sed off
Sorry about that, I just can’t help myself sometimes. Back to the news.
UK numbers company Chart-Track have revealed that the recently-released PES 2019 is down a whopping 42% on physical copies sold compared to last years installment PES 2018.
It is important to emphasise the word “physical” in that sentence, because Chart-Track only keep a tally on boxed copies of the game. That means that PES 2019 could have fared much better digitally, but I could be clutching at straws there to try and save some face for my one time nothing-else-comes-close football game of choice. Although no actual sales figures were divulged, however you try to spin it, a 42% drop in sales—whether physical, digital or both—is a kick right in the pes-ticles. Sorry again.
This is another massive setback for Konami in it’s desperate struggle to try and claw any kind of market dominance back from FIFA (although that is a battle that was probably lost long ago). Earlier this year, Konami lost its license (that it had held for 10 years) for the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup – this license was the one thing, license wise, that Konami had to brag about over FIFA, but now FIFA has splashed their cash and taken that from them too.
As a die-hard PES fan back in the day, it really does sadden me to see one of my all time favourite series struggle so much, but as I mentioned in my PES 2019 Demo Impressions, although PES 2019 plays a good game of football, it would be near-impossible to recommend it above FIFA as a better all-round package.
Despite this news, PES 2019 did still land in second in the chart top 40, falling short behind F1 2018. The top 10 list is below.
- F1 2018
- PES 2019
- GTA 5
- Crash Trilogy
- Yakuza Kiwami 2
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- God Of War
- Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
- FIFA 18