Pro Evolution Soccer will undergo a major overhaul, the largest since its inception. Konami announced Wednesday that the football simulation title will now be called eFootball. This is a change from its previous title “eFootball PES”. But, more importantly, eFootball offers cross-platform play and free-to-play.
eFootball launches this fall on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series S/X and Xbox One. There will also be an Android and iOS version soon. An external controller is required for crossplay on mobile. An interesting alternative to the traditional model of annual paid releases is a free-to-play live service. This model is still being used by EA Sports’ FIFA.
Seitaro Kimura, the producer of the eFootball series, stated that
“The move was planned roughly two years ago in order to coincide with the transition to console generation and changes in market conditions. I believe we have proven this structure on mobile. We hope more football fans can enjoy this game on consoles by applying the same model to all platforms”.
While eFootball PES was free for mobile, Konami also tested this strategy on PC and consoles with eFootball Lite, a smaller, free-to-play, version of the main entry. It’s now all-in. Konami is taking a page from the success of live service games such as Fortnite, Apex Legends and GTA Online.
They hope to share their experience with the hundreds of millions of soccer fans worldwide
Although the free-to-play feature should attract more players to eFootball it is still unclear if it will be able to draw in some fans from EA Sports. Their upcoming FIFA 22 version will be a paid-upfront experience, although it will include predatory microtransactions, which have been criticized.
As with all live service games, eFootball is constantly evolving and adding new game modes and content. Although Konami doesn’t mention any modes, Konami did announce that offline matches with its partner clubs, such as
- FC Bayern
- FC Barcelona
- Juventus and
- Manchester United
Will be free at launch. Konami will also sell optional DLC for certain game modes in the future. This is going to make it more difficult to keep players happy, so I am curious how this all turns out. Konami also shared a roadmap that will guide the company’s first few months.
It includes crossplay rollouts, Team Building Modes, Online Leagues and Match Pass systems. Konami created a custom football engine using Unreal Engine 4 as its base. They also hired Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta as development advisors on eFootball for defensive and offensive gameplay.
Lionel Messi Jr. and Neymar Jr. will be the global ambassadors for the game. “Motion Matching,” which converts player movements into animations, four times more than before, allows the new engine to pick the most accurate in real-time.
The new engine allows for improved ball control by using R2/RT trigger buttons to determine touch strength. Defenders are now able to wrestle for possession with “Matchup” and “Physical Defense.” There are many details to be worked out, including whether eFootball is an online title or if there will be offline game modes. Konami stated that it will address these in the coming weeks, and months.
eFootball PES 2021 for Android Devices
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