Konami Ditches PES in Favour of Free-to-Play eFootball

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Pro Evolution Soccer is dead as Konami doubles down on eFootball.


Konami has announced today that there will not be a PES 2022. In fact, PES is all but dead as Konami moves forward with eFootball as the new branding for the series.

eFootball will be launching as a free-to-play “simulation experience” this autumn on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC, with iOS and Android versions releasing at a later date.

“Starting with the strong foundations of Unreal® Engine, which has allowed us to massively overhaul player expression, we’ve made a number of modifications to virtually create a new football game engine that will power eFootball™ for years to come,” said Seitaro Kimura, eFootball series producer.

“With the added power of new-generation consoles and by working closely with elite footballers, eFootball™ delivers our most tense and realistic gameplay to date. We’ll share specific gameplay details next month, so stay tuned.”

Does eFootball have a Career Mode?

There’s no mention of career mode just yet but the presser does touch lightly on what the local player experience could offer. At release, there will be the option to play local matches with a small selection of teams, including Manchester United, FC Barcelona, Juventus, FC Bayern, and presumably any others that Konami has managed to get the licensing for.

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Post-release, players will be able to buy specific game modes as DLC giving players “freedom to build and experience that follows their interests.” Career mode will be DLC, then.

eFootball will be feature cross-play multiplayer across all devices. So if you’re on console, you could be playing against somebody playing on PC or mobile.

Konami has provided a roadmap for the first few months of eFootball’s planned post-launch content.

Early Autumn:

  • All-new gameplay experience, powered by Unreal® Engine
  • Cross-generation matchmaking (i.e. PlayStation®5 vs. PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S vs. Xbox One)
  • Local Matches featuring FC Barcelona, Juventus, FC Bayern, Manchester United and more

Autumn:

  • Cross-platform matchmaking between consoles and PC (i.e. PlayStation®5 vs. Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®5 vs. PC Steam®, etc.)
  • Team Building Mode (Name TBC) opened – build your own team by acquiring players
  • Online Leagues (Name TBC) opened – take your original team and compete in a global, competitive league
  • Match Pass system – earn items and players by playing eFootball™

Winter:

  • Mobile controller support added
  • Full cross-platform matchmaking across all available platforms including mobile when using a compatible controller
  • Professional and amateur esports tournaments kick-off
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