The rivalry between the once brilliant PES franchise and current football favourite FIFA is "healthy", according to European PES team leader Jon Murphy.
He answered fans' questions in a just-published episode of Eurogamer TV, which went behind the development doors of Konami HQ in Japan for the first time in Western press history.
"I've said before that I think it's a healthy rivalry," Murphy told EGTV presenter Johnny Minkley. "Seabass [Shingo Takasuta - game director] has, over the last couple of days, been talking about a new beginning for PES.
"The last couple of years have been very difficult for the team. They've not really felt they're getting to be where they want to be. But I would say, without question, that this year you're going to be treated to something very different with PES.
"In some ways it's a completely different game," he added, "but you don't need to worry as a PES fan: you're still going to love it."
PES 2011 will be released on PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii and Xbox 360 this autumn.