Konami changed the name of Pro Evolution Soccer, one of the most famous football game series in the world, to eFootball, and this new naming brought the game to be completely free. eFootball will launch for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series this fall, with mobile versions coming later.
All versions of the game will have cross-platform support, but mobile players will have to use a controller to play with PC and console players.
eFootball stands out as a brand new, global brand developed for a global audience. Thus, confusion about the various versions of the game will be avoided. Already last year, “eFootball PES 2021 SEASON UPDATE” was released instead of a new PES game, and since then, rumors of this restructuring have begun. Konami confirmed all the rumors with today’s announcement.
A new brand identity for next-generation consoles and gamers, eFootball™ will breathe new life into the game formerly known as Pro Evolution Soccer and Winning Eleven.
PES has been using Fox Engine for many years, including this year, and eFootball is on its way from now on. Unreal Engine, which is a huge innovation in itself.
“By leveraging the power of the Unreal® Engine, which allows us to drastically overhaul player responses, we’ve created a brand new football game engine that will support eFootball™ for many years to come,” said Seitaro Kimura, producer of the eFootball™ series. and collaborations with world-renowned football players, our most exciting and realistic game to date. We’ll share some gameplay details with you next month, so stay tuned.”
The animation system has been completely revamped, thanks to the almost evolved game engine. The new technology, called “Motion Matching”, can turn players into a series of real-time animations by choosing the most accurate ones from various movements on the field. The system’s ability to provide four times more animation than before, resulting in extremely realistic movements. Motion Matching technology will be used on all eFootball™ platforms, including the latest generation consoles, computers and mobile devices.
Aiming to share the joy of eFootball™ with everyone, KONAMI underlined that this new football game will be free on console, PC and mobile devices. More importantly, eFootball™ promises a fair and balanced experience for all players. More details about the game mechanics and online modes will be revealed in late August.
KONAMI game will be released digitally only and stated that it will be regularly updated with new content and game modes after its official release in the fall. Local matches featuring FC Barcelona, Juventus, FC Bayern, Manchester United and others will be available for free at launch. It is stated that in the future certain game modes will be sold as optional DLC, giving players the freedom to create an experience that follows their own interests.
eFootball will debut with a choice of 9 teams and a friendlies option. Different game modes will be sold as optional DLC in the future, so players can only add the parts of the game they want to play. The mods and monetization model that will take place in eFootball will be announced at a later date. Konami emphasizes that the game will be “fair and balanced” for all players and states that the transition to the free-to-play model will not affect this understanding.
Another piece of information about the game is that Peter Drury and Jim Beglin will continue to comment on the match, as well as the popular Option Files feature (a mode that allows players to customize a large part of the game, including unlicensed teams) will return.
Bringing together football’s global gaming community for the first time, eFootball™ offers the realistic esports experience on console, PC and mobile devices, as well as allowing players to play with each other regardless of platform, with cross-play support coming after launch. Details about the eFootball™ mobile version will also be shared at a later date.
To ensure open and transparent communication, KONAMI has released the first roadmap for eFootball™, providing the first details on both the launch contents and what will be added to the game in the months that follow:
- Brand new gameplay powered by Unreal® Engine
- Gameplay support between different generation game consoles (eg PlayStation®5 vs. PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S vs. Xbox One)
- Local Matches including FC Barcelona, Juventus, FC Bayern, Manchester United and many more
- Cross-platform support between game consoles and desktop computers (eg PlayStation®5 vs. Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®5 vs. PC Steam®, etc.)
- Team Building Mode (official name not known yet) – a mode based on recruiting players and building your own team
- Online Leagues (official name not yet known) – an opportunity to take your team and run the ball in a global, competitive league
- Match Pass system – Earn various items and players by playing eFootball™
- Controller support for mobile devices
- Support for all available cross-platform pairing, including mobile devices using compatible controllers
- Start of professional and amateur esports tournaments
KONAMI is also the two greatest footballers of all time, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. ‘s will be the global brand faces of eFootball™. In addition, Andrés Iniesta and Gerard Piqué were closely involved in the development process as official consultants for the offensive and defensive mechanics in the game, respectively.