Konami say that the decision to remove Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 from PS Plus free games for July 2019 was made entirely by Sony. PES 2019 was originally introduced as a free download but Detroit: Become Human quickly took its spot.
Earlier this week, Sony traditionally revealed the two titles that come for free to all PlayStation Plus subscribers. For July 2019, Sony decided to offer Konami's football simulation Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 and racer Horizon Turbo Chase.
However, shortly after the reveal of new games, Sony confirmed that they are removing Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 from PS Plus free games list without any explanation. The publisher only revealed that football simulation will be replaced with Quantic Dream's story-driven adventure Detroit: Become Human, in its Digital Deluxe Edition.
"We are making a swap to the PS Plus games lineup for July. This month, we are adding Detroit: Become Human Digital Deluxe Edition, which also includes Heavy Rain, to the July games lineup instead of Pro Evolution Soccer 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience," Sony wrote in their statement.
Today, Konami decided to clear things up in their own short statement. As reported by Gamespot, Konami say that the decision to remove PES 2019 from PS Plus was entirely Sony's decision and that Konami have nothing to do with it. "This decision was made by Sony and so please make an inquiry to Sony," Konami spokesperson said.
Furthermore, European PES brand manager Lennart Bobzien told Gamespot that he has no clue what actually happened. "I cannot really tell you what happened because I just found out today, in the morning when I opened my laptop. I can't really explain," Bobzien said.
Gamespot also managed to get another statement from Sony. While admitting that the decision was entirely theirs, Sony did not elaborate: "This was a decision we decided to make as a company, and we apologize for any inconvenience," Sony said.
Well, it looks like we'll never know the true reason behind this mess but if we had to guess, we would say that the removal was due to Sony's new marketing deal with EA Sports for FIFA.