Once again, the video game industry surprises us: Konami officially changes the name of the Pro Evolution Soccer franchise to eFootball, and PES 2022 becomes a free digital game that will arrive on PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Series X / S and PC this fall, which versions for iOS and Android will follow. We do not know if it will also come to Nintendo Switch. In addition, Konami has announced that all versions of the game will have cross-play for this winter.
“The result has been even more impressive than we had originally envisioned. We have crossed the border of PES into a new world of virtual football. To mark the beginning of this new era, we have decided to abandon the” PES “brand! for “eFootball! “
This is an incredible turnaround for the football series, accompanied by Konami’s FOX engine change to a new engine custom-built with Unreal 4.
Speaking to IGN, series producer Seitaro Kimura explained that eFootball intends to take a game-as-a-service approach with regular updates and no longer be paid annual releases. Below you can see the first roadmap or content plan for the video game.
eFootball will launch with exhibition matches and a selection of 9 clubs to play with. Subsequently, much more content will be sold in the form of DLCs. It is still not entirely clear how new teams will be added to the game or exactly how the monetization of eFootball will work. We will have to wait a little longer for Konami to display more information.
The company has highlighted that they want this new version to be “fair and balanced” for all players, despite its transition to a free-to-play model, including unlocking similar to those of the Battle Passes, called Party passes.
Finally, Konami has clarified that it will announce more information about the gameplay and online modes of eFootball at the end of August (Gamescom 2021?).