Konami announces digital-only eFootball (PES 2022), a free-to-play football game

Keeping long-running FIFA versus PES debate aside, Konami has announced the next installment in the Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) series with an all-new name eFootball. Konami claims that eFootball is a free-to-play digital-only game that is “completely rebuilt in Unreal Engine” and will be released this autumn with cross-play ability on different platforms like PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC, with iOS and Android versions to release later.

Konami annouces eFootball 

Konami has shared the reveal trailer of eFootball with brief gameplay, have a look by yourself in the video below:

Konami says the details of the gameplay would be released next month and also mentioned a new feature ‘Motion Matching’ which “converts the vast range of movements that players make on the pitch into a series of animations, selecting the most accurate one in real-time”. Motion matching will be available in all eFootball platforms with last-gen consoles, PCs, and Mobile.

Motion matching is similar to what EA implementing in its upcoming FIFA 22 and state it as HyperMotion.

Availability

Konami’s eFootball will be made available on different platforms like PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10 and PC via Steam in the Autumn as a free to play title. And later it will also make its way to iOS and Android devices too. Although Konami didn’t mention about Nintendo Switch version on their press note.

Konami’s Roadmap

Konami has released the roadmap for the game divided into early autumn, autumn, and winter as shown below:

eFootball roadmap

In early autumn, eFootball will be featuring local matches like Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern, and Manchester United. These all matches will be available for free and there will be cross-generation matchmakings like PS5 vs PS4, and Xbox Series X|S vs Xbox One.

In autumn, eFootball will allow cross-play between all consoles and PC to go live. With this, it will also allow gamers to build a team mode and online leagues in a global, competitive league. eFootball will also issue a battle pass called the Match Pass system with this gamers can earn items and players by playing the game.

And then in the winter, the company will add mobile controller support, full cross-play matchmaking across all platforms, allows to include mobile while using controller, and esports tournaments for pro and amateur players.

Along with this, Konami also promises to deliver “certain game modes that will be sold as optional DLC, giving players the freedom to build an experience that follows their interests.” To know more about the game you can visit Konami’s official website.

I hope you like this information and stay tuned with us to get more information like this!

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