According to Andy Robinson, a member of the Video Game Chronicle podcast, was talking about Konami and his eFootball PES 2022 in the latest video on the web. The journalist said that the Japanese company would bet on a free model, something that surprised his colleagues and all listeners.
And is that Konami has long been away from industry trends. Since Kojima’s dismissal, the developer has published few games and PES is one of those that has received less and less affection. However, in the last three years there have been attempts to improve when acquiring equipment licenses and now it seems that they will introduce total in the model.
The idea would be to stop competing with FIFA directly and promote yourself in the free-to-play world. Players would have access to all content in the game and only microtransactions would fund the title. After the surprise, it sounds a good idea since it is these microtransactions that most of the money comes from and making the title free-to-play would give them a better chance of recovering the investment.
Now that FIFA dominates the landscape due to the fact that it owns the licenses of the players and teams, PES would have to opt for a different strategy and free-to-play would have been chosen.
Obviously you have to take the information with some care, but we will not have to wait too long either since Konami has already announced that it will reveal all the details on July 21. In the meantime, remember that there is an open beta on PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X / S that will let us test the online mode until July 8.