Konami Says It Was Sony's Decision To Take PES 2019 Off July's PlayStation Plus Lineup

Konami Says It Was Sony's Decision To Take PES 2019 Off July's PlayStation Plus Lineup

Sony isn't saying why, though.

Soccer sim PES 2019 was set to take part in PlayStation Plus for July, before it was quietly switched out for Detroit: Become Human just ahead of the month. A new update has revealed that was Sony's choice, rather than Konami's.

In a statement to GameSpot, Konami says, "This decision was made by Sony and so please make an inquiry to Sony." European PES brand manager Lennart Bobzien also spoke to GameSpot the day of the change, and seemed taken by surprise.

"I cannot really tell you what happened because I just found out today, in the morning when I opened my laptop," Bobzien told GameSpot. "I can't really explain."

The bizarre curveball came last minute, and Sony seem to acknowledge it was its decision, saying "we are making a swap" in its blog post about it. For what reason this happened remains unclear, though a statement to Eurogamer from Sony reiterates it was its choice and they "apologise for any inconvenience."

Especially considering how PES 2020 just inked a deal with Machester United, it's a strange decision to suddenly remove the preceding game from Plus. Best speculation is that, considering it's a sports game, licensing might have become a last-minute issue.

Either way, soccer fans will have to settle for Quantic Dream's Detroit: Become Human, which at least comes packaged with Heavy Rain for the PlayStation 4. There's also the other PlayStation Plus game this month, the throwback retro racer Horizon Chase Turbo. Even if you're losing out on some PES, it's three games rather than two.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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