Saturday 17 March 2018

Konami Apologises for PES 2016 Roster Update Error

PES 2016
PES 2016

Following the botched release of a roster update that failed to include the latest transfers, Konami has apologised to gamers for its mess up

With this year's FIFA receiving mixed reviews from gamers across the world, Konami found itself presented with a major opportunity to once again cement itself as the go-to football sim for the masses - but it looks as though the Japanese studio is letting a golden chance slip though its fingers thanks to some less than impressive behind the scenes management.

Not only did gamers need to put up with a wait of more than a month to get their hands on the first roster update following the closure of the summer transfer window, but they discovered that, once it had eventually arrived, it failed to include many of the highest profile moves of the summer. Tackling the issue head on in a bid to prevent any further own goals, a statement from Konami's PES team released yesterday reads:

There has been an issue with the latest Data Pack released October 29th, and we wanted to reach out to our fans to let you know just how we're dealing with this current situation. Currently the roster update for offline play which impacts Master League, competitions and edit mode is not complete, missing the final few days of transfers. The online modes, such as ranked matches, myClub and exhibition mode using Live Updates are up to date, as they were from October 2nd – and they remain unaffected.

We had planned a second Data Pack for end of November which was set to include a new stadium for PS4 and Xbox One, the Maracana. However, we will not release this Data Pack without including a fix for the offline roster issue. The extra time needed will also be used to add more content into the game that wasn't planned at this stage, such as new kits and boots, as well as any other content the time allows. We'll provide a list of extra content once set. We appreciate this doesn't suddenly make this situation better, but we do want to show desire to make good on the situation for the fans.

We assure everyone that we have learnt from this situation, and confirm designs to improve situations like these are currently being considered for future products.

It's not quite a title winning performance from Konami thus far, which is a shame, because on the pitch, PES 2016 truly is a wonderful title - but that could see it come up short when the trophies are doled out at the end of the season if it can't sort itself out off the pitch.

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