Hit the nail on the head here. The early versions of the game being better is purely down to them being incomplete. I made several posts this year touching on that idea:
I don't think it was ever intended for passing to have more freedom/error although the beta gave that impression. This was mostly a result of bugs that were present in the beta, the fixing of these bugs such as pass selection is what is making passing seem more on rails/assisted. Although I think they also increased pass speed and as a result there is less bobble and it's easier to ping pong. That also reduces first touch variation. These factors combined make it inevitable that there will be less fouls, since there are less 50/50 situations where fouls can be drawn.
Part of it is them fixing what they deem to be bugs that were actually having a net positive effect on the game, and part of it is that their view of how the game should be just doesn't match ours.
I think there is also just a level of ineptitude there in the development team that can't be overcome without major changes in personnel, you could have the best feedback in the world but if you don't have the talent to implement it then you aren't really going to get anywhere in a hurry.
I do not have much hope that Adam can turn this ship around, unless he's being given sweeping new powers or a higher level of authority and finds some effective way to bridge the communication gap, not to mention the need to hire new developers which they might not even have the budget for, so he could be wasting his time completely by going over there, it may be a moment of realisation for him when he actually gets to see how they operate.
There's also my concern that while Adam has a good feel for what PES fans want, he does have some blind spots when it comes to games development that will always hold PES back (such as the camera view issues that could easily be resolved with options/more customisation).
And after all is said and done, vital was right all along.
My prediction for tomorrow is glowing reviews across the board, usual suspects will think it's the best thing since sliced bread with a few minor bugs "that Konami have assured us they are working on". Within a week of release the game will be nothing but negativity when people realise all the same flaws are present, it's nothing like the beta and all community feedback was ignored. Fast forward one year the people who gave it glowing reviews will be back here pretending they had always agreed with the critics.