When the PS Plus games lineup for July 2019 was announced, PES 2019 was listed as one of the free PS4 games for the month. However, this was later changed, with Detroit: Become Human replacing the soccer game at the last minute. Now, Konami has responded to questions about the news by stating it was Sony’s decision.
In a short statement, a Konami spokesperson told GameSpot: “This decision was made by Sony and so please make an inquiry to Sony.”
In its own statement, Sony admitted it had taken the decision itself but declined to elaborate: “We have decided to make a change to the PS Plus games lineup this month, and will be offering Detroit: Become HumanDigital Deluxe Edition instead of PES 2019. This was a decision we decided to make as a company, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”
European PES brand manager Lennart Bobzien, meanwhile, told GameSpot on the day of the change that it was not planned and had taken Konami by surprise: “I cannot really tell you what happened because I just found out today, in the morning when I opened my laptop. I can’t really explain.”
PES 2019’s successor is on the way later this year. It’s officially titled eFootball: PES 2020–see why PES has changed its name here–and will include Manchester United as a licensed team. It won’t, however, feature any women’s teams.
PES 2020 launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on September 10. A demo version, which includes online and offline match types as well as the game’s edit mode, will launch on July 30. Stay tuned to GameSpot for a full PES 2020 gameplay preview.