It’s been hinted at for a couple of years now, but it’s finally happened: Konami is dropping the Pro Evolution Soccer moniker for PES 2022 and instead is now called ‘eFootball.’
That’s just one tiny change in this year’s iteration. eFootball is now free-to-play and is going to operate more as a service, with frequent content updates and additions. It seems that eFootball is trying to ride on the success of free-to-play games such as Fortnite and Destiny 2. It only makes sense, as PES benefited greatly with the inclusion of PES lite versions. The free-to-play "lite" versions of the game bolstered the game’s population which cut down on wait times for matchmaking.
Football as a Service
There will no longer be a yearly release for Konami’s football series. Instead, the game will be continuously updated with more content, game modes, teams, and updated rosters. At launch (Early Autumn), eFootball will only have Konami’s 9 partner club teams: Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Arsenal, Corinthians, Flamengo, Sao Paulo, and River Plate. However, in the coming months, Konami is planning to add more content available through DLC. Additionally, when the game drops, we will get the opportunity to play cross-generation as we did in the beta test that Konami held last month.
Sticking true to the latest gaming fads, Konami stated that eFootball will feature Battle-Pass like unlockables called "Match Pass."
Cross-play on every platform?
In eFootball, you will be able to take your game anywhere and play online on any platform. Well, except the Nintendo Switch. eFootball will support cross-play between PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Steam (PC), Android through the Play Store, and iOS through the App Store. To keep it fair and balanced, mobile players will be required to play with a controller.
Changes on the pitch
Konami’s switch to the Unreal Engine from the inhouse Fox engine opened up the possibilities for cross-platform competitive online gaming. The Unreal Engine’s power will also power Konami’s new Motion Matching animation system. The new animation system promises to be more fluid with four-times more animations than before.
- Unreal Engine
- Konami drops "PES" name
- eFootball is now free-to-play
- No yearly iteration
- eFootball is now a "platform", Konami will continuously update the game
- Cross-platform online play for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Steam (PC), iOS, and Android
- 4x the animations
- Konami will drop more news at Gamescom!
Konami’s eFootball PES 2021 Season Update released September 15, 2020. This year’s game was essentially a roster update with a few additional enhancements. The game received a Metacritic score of 73.
You can get in on the action today by downloading eFootball PES 2021 Lite for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.