Konami Says Decision to Remove PES 2019 from this Month’s PS Plus Lineup Was Made Entirely by Sony

Konami Says Decision to Remove PES 2019 from this Month’s PS Plus Lineup Was Made Entirely by Sony

Some members at Konami seemed surprised at Sony's decision to replace PES 2019 on the PS Plus lineup with Detroit: Become Human.

When this month’s PlayStation Plus lineup of free games was announced, Konami’s soccer sim Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 was slated to be one of July’s offerings. However, a few days later, the lineup was then changed and PES 2019 was removed in favor of Quantic Dream’s Detroit: Become Human. Now, a representative from Konami has commented on the situation and has said that this change was entirely out of the publisher’s hands.

In a recent quote given to GameSpot, a Konami spokesperson said that PES 2019’s removal was something entirely done by Sony. “This decision was made by Sony and so please make an inquiry to Sony,” the statement clearly laid out.

Furthermore, PES European brand manager Lennart Bobzien also told GameSpot that he was really taken aback by the change. “I cannot really tell you what happened because I just found out today, in the morning when I opened my laptop,” Bobzien said. “I can’t really explain.”

While the discretion to change the PS Plus lineup within a given month surely is within Sony’s right considering, well, they kind of own the service, it’s a bit odd to hear that members at Konami seemed blindsided by the news. If Sony was going to alter the lineup, you imagine people at Konami like Bobzien would’ve at least been a little more keyed into this information.

Personally, I’m still puzzled as to why Sony didn’t just include both PES 2019 and Detroit: Become Human both as free titles this month. Rather than removing one game from the list as a whole and replacing it with another, they could’ve just added Detroit to sweeten the pot rather than entirely remove PES 2019 from the rotation for those that actually wanted it. While I’m sure many are happier with Detroit being apart of the lineup rather than PES 2019, Sony’s handling of the situation has been a bit odd.

Regardless, both Horizon Chase Turbo and Detroit: Become Human are both available to download for free right now on PS4 for those who are PS Plus subscribers.