Konami is making big changes to its Pro Evolution Soccer series. The publisher announced today that the game has been renamed eFootball and will be offered for free starting this fall. The title will also receive a “new football engine with a newly built animation system and revamped game commands.” The game can be played on several different platforms. When eFootball launches in early fall, it will offer local matches with teams like FC Barcelona, Juventus, FC Bayern, Manchester United and more. There will also be online matchmaking between console generations (PS4 vs PS5 and Xbox One vs Xbox Series X | S).
Later in the fall, eFootball will give players the opportunity to create their own teams through Team Building mode. Around the same time, console and PC players will be able to play against each other. Eventually, eFootball will add matchmaking between all platforms. For winter, mobile players will be included in the mix, when using a mobile-friendly controller. That’s also when the amateur and professional esports tournaments will begin.
Introducing #eFootball™, an all-new football simulation platform from the makers of PES.
Overhauled graphics, animations and gameplay signal a new era of virtual football. Free-to-play this Autumn.
— eFootball (@play_eFootball) July 21, 2021
It will be interesting to see how the switch to free play works! Sports games make a lot of sense for the format, and other games may follow suit if eFootball is successful for Konami. The slow launch should also give Konami time to make sure everything works properly, rather than launching the game with too much and seeing the servers overwhelmed. For sports fans, hopefully eFootball will turn out to be an exciting evolution of the PES franchise!
eFootball se lanzará en PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, iOS, Android y PC.
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