Pro Evolution Soccer renamed to eFootball for 2021 launch

Konami’s soccer video game, known as Pro Evolution Soccer or Win Eleven since 2001, is now simply eFootball. No PES, no numbering.

It is also currently a free game. And it was developed in Unreal Engine 4, another franchise first. (From Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 last year, it was built using Konami’s Fox Engine, originally developed by Konami’s Kojima Productions for its Metal Gear franchise.)

Therefore, Konami is calling eFootball”a completely new football simulation platform” rather than a repetition and rebranding of PES. Publishing company added “eFootball” to the title of the series in 2019.

The six-minute debut trailer for eFootball – in development on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X, along with iOS and Android devices – presents the top three European clubs included in the franchise: Manchester United , Bayern Munich and Juventus, the latter is dedicated to eFootball and does not appear in EA Sports’ FIFA series.

Konami used the new engine to rebuild the game and “created an incredibly thrilling and most importantly realistic one-on-one system,” according to the narration in the trailer. The system is called Motion Matching, and it will be a feature of all versions of the game – current and previous console generations.

But from the perspective of a development roadmap announced Wednesday, eFootball will launch in “early fall” as a relatively straightforward title, with other systems, modes, and features being rolled out later. For example, cross-platform play, promised in the reveal video, but it’s scheduled to launch late fall; Cross-platform matches across Android, iOS, PC, PlayStation and Xbox are coming this winter. Multi-generational play in PlayStation and Xbox will be available at launch.

image showing development roadmap for 2021 and 2022 for eFootball

Image: Konami

For eFootballThe free-to-play component, which will be aided by a battle-passing system known as the Match Pass, will offer tiered rewards (or the means to purchase loot outright). Juventus, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Barcelona will be made available to all players free of charge at launch.

Konami also said it plans to sell “several game modes” […] as optional DLC,” could mean a buy-in for the game’s career set, assuming that the free-to-play component is mirroring PES’ old Master League mode. | Pro Evolution Soccer renamed to eFootball for 2021 launch


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