Yesterday, we posted about a new feature in Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 called 'Heart'. It's a player motivation system that decides whether or not players will perform well according to how the match has gone, and how much the crowd is pumping them up. We disagreed with it on the grounds that randomness is almost always the enemy of a competitive game - but Konami has responded, saying the feature won't be forced on users.
You can read the original article here.
There are certainly potential pluses to the feature. It could allow lower ranked teams to feasibly take on financial powerhouses like Manchester City, bringing balance to the game. It's also arguably more like "real football", and as it's not something FIFA is doing, it's a point of differentiation.
But it's easy to see why competitions would want to turn the feature off, and Konami says that's absolutely possible. Japan responded to our query with the following:
Yes, it can be turned off. It can also be disabled for online play.
There you have it. You'll be able to set player motivation at a certain level, make it random for all players, or turn it off entirely. Presumably, if one person has the feature turned off, they won't be matched online against a player with it on.
Our thanks to Konami for clearing that up.