Konami has completely revamped its popular Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) series, renaming it to eFootball and making it a Digital-Only Free-to-Play game.
PES was one of Konami’s longest-running live service games, being around since 1995. The series will now go by the new name, eFootball. In addition to that, the game will now be free to play on all platforms and have its own esports tournament. This includes Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC.
It will receive a worldwide release sometime during Autumn. Moreover, Konami has also revealed plans of launching it on iOS and Android platforms sometime later. However, unlike the PES series, the game will only be available for digital purchase.
Konami first introduced the term “eFootball” to us through eFootball PES 2021. Although at that time, many people believed it to have a link with the world of Esports. The series has always closely competed with EA’s FIFA series. Therefore, by making it free-to-play, the stakes of rivalry have turned higher.
Furthermore, Konami has confirmed that the eFootball series will have Motion Matching, which will help them select the most realistic player movements for animation. Konami also mentioned that this feature will be utilized across all platforms, including mobiles and older generation consoles. This means that players will be able to enjoy realistic movement animation across all platforms.
Konami’s Roadmap for eFootball:
Konami has also assured players that they will be regularly adding new content and game modes. Although, matches between popular clubs like Barcelona, Manchester United, Juventus, and Bayern will be available from the very beginning.
In addition to that, even though eFootball will be free-to-play, Konami will still be adding DLCs. This will include in-game purchases and match modes. Konami stated:
“In the future, certain game modes will be sold as optional DLC, giving players the freedom to build an experience that follows their interests”
The game will feature cross-generation Match Making from release. This means matches can be fixed between consoles like PlayStation 4 and 5, and Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. Moreover, Konami has also talked about bringing cross-play across consoles and PC in August. Furthermore, full cross-play matchmaking across all platforms including mobile will be here in Winter.