Konami caught many people by surprise when it announced that it would not be releasing Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 on next-gen consoles, but the team hasn’t allowed itself to get comfortable, according to FIFA 14’s next-gen producer Nick Channon. In an interview with Click, he said that there’s absolutely no chance that they’ll be complacent.
He explained, “We have not always been the number one. Again, they’re making a really good game too; that very much keeps us on our toes. We’ve got to where we are right now through hard work and we know that you keep innovating and working just as hard to stay there. We have no intention of getting complacent.”
When asked if the team was surprised at Konami’s decision, Channon said that EA is just focusing on its own game as “that’s what we can control.” The goals that the team laid out included ensuring all features from the current-gen game made it across to the next-gen title and then looking at innovations in gameplay and presentation. He added, “And we’re really proud of the game that we’re bringing out on new consoles, and for me that’s all I can concentrate on.”
We recently went hands-on with the Gen 4 version of FIFA 14 and you can read the rest of our interview with Nick Channon here. FIFA 14 will be released on the PlayStation 4 on November 15th in North America and November 29th in Europe, and on Xbox One on November 22nd.