The other day I wrote about how Manchester United were coming to eFootball PES 2020 in full, 3D scanned beauty. But what I failed to realise was this plan’s repercussions for another, highly revered team. You see, just as United enter the virtual dressing room, Liverpool FC are making a hasty exit.
So it looks as though the two can’t even rub along in the virtual world, either.
Now, looking at this in hindsight, it was practically a given. After all, there is a friendly (and unfriendly) rivalry between the two that stretches back long before you and I were console kickers. But if you look at this from a commercial point of view – both that of the teams’ and Konami’s – then things start to look a little daft. In fact, it’s a little ‘two steps forward, one step back’ on the developers part.
It’s no secret that they have struggled for years to counter EA’s licence-full goldmine. Even losing their Champions League rights last year. But they have recently started to attract actual teams to their line-up, which had been the one big negative about the game; its gameplay mechanics, in comparison, are flawless.
However, it now looks as though they can’t sign a new team without losing another. And if you do the maths, you’ll realise that this isn’t a sustainable way to do things.
Technically, we’ll never know why Liverpool left; perhaps it was United’s presence, or maybe the deal was only ever to be short lived. Or maybe LEGO is making a football game, and they’ve asked Klopp’s lot to be their star attraction. Either way, there’s no denying the harm it does to the game. And us, the fans.
For what better marketing spiel could they have crafted for this year’s release than ‘Liverpool FC Vs Manchester United’? I’m sure that would have grabbed the attention of many gamers, perhaps even those put off by its lack of reality before. But, alas, it was not to be. And we’ll be stuck with Manchester ‘Red’ United versus Merseyside Red.
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