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PES for Xbox

Speaking at a recent press event in Switzerland, PES producer Seabass, when questioned about the possibility of an Xbox version, said: “We’ll let you in on a little secret… The team has not started on the Xbox version yet, however the team is very interested in Xbox Live in terms of the technology and the infrastructure Microsoft has, but that’s about all we can say today, as our President is here!”

The desire seems clear and, like Capcom with Resident Evil Online, the implication is that companies find Sony’s European online service a far more troublesome prospect than the pretty much ready-and-waiting Xbox Live service. However, the big problem is Konami’s exclusivity deal with Sony in Europe, still in place, but for how much longer? We all no that what the Xbox really needs in a triple-A online football game

Couple that with the PES team’s keenness to take it’s masterpiece online, apparently favouring Microsoft’s service, and this could become a reality sooner or later. After getting GTA this Xmas, getting PES too would be like icing on the cake.

Konami Europe’s reaction today was: “PES remains a PS2 exclusive and no Xbox version is currently planned.” But where there’s a will there’s a way…

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