Good article, and I sincerely hope Konami do get PES back to the glory days of yore, however...
The hardcore that moved to FIFA did so because the gameplay finally surpassed that of PES, which had been in decline for years. Now they have moved over, with EA's commitment to improving the game each and every year, all the official licenses, kits, stadia etc, PES is going to have to do something astronomical to bring them back I feel.
I moved over when FIFA 09 came along. FIFA 10 was awesome, and World Cup is in my opinion the best game of footie ever committed to disc. I loved Pro Evo, it was my game since before it was even Pro Evo (ISS Pro Evolution was the first on PS1, but I played ISS before that too), but even though I have this deep rooted love for the game, I really don't know how they can compete with FIFA, even if the game played every bit as good.
I want to believe though!