Konami’s soccer online game, generally known as Pro Evolution Soccer or Winning Eleven since 2001, is now merely eFootball. No PES, no numbering.
It’s additionally now free-to-play. And it’s developed in Unreal Engine 4, one other franchise first. (From Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 by final 12 months, it had been constructed with Konami’s Fox Engine, initially developed by Konami’s Kojima Productions for its Metal Gear franchise.)
Thus, Konami is asking eFootball “an all-new soccer simulation platform,” fairly than an iteration and rebranding of PES. The writer added “eFootball” to the sequence’ title in 2019.
The six-minute debut trailer for eFootball — which is in improvement on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X, plus iOS and Android units — showcases the highest three European golf equipment featured within the franchise: Manchester United, Bayern Munich, and Juventus, the latter of which is unique to eFootball and doesn’t seem in EA Sports’ FIFA sequence.
Konami used the brand new engine to rebuild the sport and “create a one-on-one system that is incredibly thrilling and, most importantly, realistic,” in line with the narration within the trailer. This system is named Motion Matching, and it will likely be a function of all variations of the sport — present console era and former.
But from the appears of a improvement roadmap revealed Wednesday, eFootball will launch in “early fall” as a comparatively bare-bones title, with different techniques, modes, and options introduced alongside later. Cross-platform play, for instance, is promised within the reveal video, but it surely’s scheduled to debut later within the fall; cross-platform matches throughout Android, iOS, PC, PlayStation, and Xbox are set to reach this winter. Cross-generation play inside PlayStation and Xbox can be out there at launch.
As for eFootball’s free-to-play part, that can be supported by a battle move system known as Match Pass, which is able to supply tiered rewards (or the means of shopping for the loot outright). Juventus, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and Barcelona can be out there without cost to all gamers at launch.
Konami additionally stated it plans to promote “certain game modes […] as optional DLC,” which possible means a buy-in for the sport’s profession suite, assuming the free-to-play part is mirroring the outdated PES’ Master League mode.