I interrupt my usual Master League-related schedule to talk about an intriguing development out there in PESland. It’s only mid-January 2009, but more and more people are reaching this site after Googling ‘PES2010’. The blog stats tell me so. I started noticing it about a week before Christmas. And now ‘PES2010’ is the #1 search term leading people to these pages.
PES Chronicles currently doesn’t even appear in the first few pages of search results for ‘PES2010’—I’ve barely mentioned it. Which means people must be hunting long and hard for PES2010-related news. Now. In mid-January.
There was a time when thoughts of the next PES didn’t seriously begin until late spring at the earliest. It’ll be May or June before we see the first substantive PES2010 news appear—probably in the form of an uninspiring screenshot that the Internet will gnash its teeth over. But people are hungry for PES2010 now.
I find this trend interesting and disturbing on a number of levels. It’s a reminder that time seems to pass at an increasing rate of knots as I get older. And it also shows that there must be a lot of PES fans out there who are not as keen on PES2009 as I (mostly) still am. Otherwise, there’d be no reason for them to Google ‘PES2010’.
Things were easy last year. “PES2008 is teh suXXor” (or whatever) was the majority opinion, and I agreed with it. Boy did I agree with it. PES2009 is a better game. I think almost everyone would agree with that, with the main arguments centering upon how much better it is.
Some would say it’s not very much better at all, others that it’s a lot better. I’m inclined towards the ‘lot better’ camp, but have sympathy with the ‘not much better’ crew. Somehow I cannot shake the memory of all my anticipation, in 2006 or so, of what next-gen PES on the PlayStation3 was going to be like. It was going to be the most amazing, fantastic, stupendous football game ever.
PES2008 was a lesson in cold, hard reality. PES2008 was a disaster. PES2008 was our 9/11. And PES2009 is just… okay. It’s competent. It’s decent. It’s just so much less than PES should be. So I have a lot of sympathy with the phantom ‘PES2010’ Googlers. I know exactly where they’re coming from, because I’m there too. We still believe in the myth of next-gen Pro Evolution Soccer. We still believe that it’s really going to happen.
Will it be 3rd time lucky for the prodigal son of football gaming? It’s possible, I suppose.
Wouldn’t it be marvellous if Konami ‘did a FIFA08’ on PES this year? What if Seabass really did take the franchise to the next level that we all confidently expected it to reach? I’m talking about the same kind of qualitative leap that saw ISS on the PS1 eventually morph into PES3 on the PS2. Could it happen with PES2010? I’ve started to dream about it happening. It’s like 2006 all over again…