It’s a big year for Konami and their football game as they look to change things up by dropping the Pro Evolution Soccer name and rebrand it to eFootball for the 2022 edition.
Konami has described eFootball as “a new global brand for a global audience,” and they promise a more thrilling and realistic game.
It’s not just a name change, eFootball also promises some exciting changes as they look to compete with the upcoming FIFA 22.
Konami has moved away from the Fox Engine and is using the Unreal Engine to deliver improved gameplay and better visual effects.
The engine change comes as the developers look to update the series for the next-generation consoles and hardware.
Another huge change of direction for the franchise sees the game go free-to-play, with local matches initially made available and further game modes unlocked through microtransactions.
Konami’s roadmap for eFootball shows that the game will release with nine licensed clubs, including Barcelona, Manchester United, Juventus, Bayern Munich, and Arsenal, but they promise more in the future.
At first, there will be cross-generation play available, with PS4 users able to play against PS5 and Xbox One able to play Xbox Series X|S users.
Although the game is free to play, additional game modes are coming that require purchase if you want to play them, including the online leagues and team-building modes.
Shortly after launch, eFootball will have cross-platform matches, including console and PC users, and eventually mobile.
There is a season pass planned, which fits the free-to-play model, and excitingly, esports tournaments.
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eFootball has no release date as of yet, but will launch for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, and Mobile.
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