Konami announced that the name of the new football game to be released this year will only be eFootball and it can be played completely free of charge.
Konami is preparing to leave behind the name Pro Evolution Soccer (PES), which we are used to seeing every year, because the company announced that the new PES game will only be released under the name eFootball. So the name of the new game will not be PES 2022, it will only be eFootball. Moreover, it has been announced that the eFootball game, which he calls a new generation football simulation experience, will be completely free to play. Although the exact release date has not been given yet, eFootball, which will be released in the autumn months, is being developed with the Unreal Engine graphics engine as previously announced. Konami also released a different version to test the online infrastructure of this new version of the game. You can check out this video and the official statement about the game’s announcement below.
The name of the new PES has been changed, it will be eFootball only
As of today, Konami has announced eFootball, a brand new football simulation developed by the makers of PES and Winning Eleven. Free to play and completely rebuilt on the Unreal Engine, eFootball™ will be released simultaneously worldwide next fall and will be playable on PlayStation®5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows 10 and PC Steam. Android and iOS versions will also follow the desktop and console versions.
A new brand identity for next-generation consoles and gamers, eFootball brings a new breath to the game formerly known as Pro Evolution Soccer and Winning Eleven.
“By leveraging the power of the Unreal Engine, which has allowed 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. “Our most exciting and realistic game to date, backed by collaborations with world-renowned football players. 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 stated that the game will be released digitally only and 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.
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 published the first roadmap for eFootball and both launch contents as well as the first details about what will be added to the game in the months that follow.
Roadmap for eFootball
- 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 yet known) – a mode based on recruiting players and building your own team
- Online Leagues (no official name yet) – an opportunity to take your team and play 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 also announced that two of the greatest footballers of all time, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr., will be the global brand faces of eFootball™. In addition, Andrés Iniesta and Gerard Piqué have been closely involved in the development process as official consultants to the offensive and defensive mechanics of the game, respectively. Details on the new eFootball™ ambassadors, Partner Clubs, licensing and much more will be shared in the coming weeks.