Konami says it's committed to a "long process" of rebuilding the Pro Evolution Soccer series, but it doesn't think there's a "huge gap" between its game and EA's.
Speaking to trade mag MCV, UK GM Pete Stone said the company's "gradually" catching up to the recent critical acclaim enjoyed by the FIFA series.
"I don't think there's a massive gap in terms of playability [between PES and FIFA]. There are certain areas we need to improve, but it's not a huge gap - and we're gradually closing it," he said.
"We may not outsell FIFA, but we can sell enough so that it's good from our point of view. Don't think of it as a battle where we're trying to 'win', or outsell them, because that's not necessarily the case.
"We've made progress and that's beginning to be noticed, but we're also going to spend a few years rebuilding PES and sales. It's a long process."
The first details on this year's FIFA emerged this week. We expect PES to show its hand before E3 in June.