Pro Evolution Soccer renamed to eFootball for 2021 launch

Konami’s soccer computer game, referred to as Pro Development Soccer or Winning Eleven considering that 2001, is now just eFootball. No PES, no numbering.

It’s likewise now free-to-play. And it’s established in Unreal Engine 4, another franchise initially. (From Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 through last year, it had been built with Konami’s Fox Engine, originally established by Konami’s Kojima Productions for its Metal Equipment franchise.)

Therefore, Konami is calling eFootball “an all-new football simulation platform,” instead of a version and rebranding of PES. The publisher included “eFootball” to the series’ title in 2019.

The six-minute launching trailer for eFootball — which remains in advancement on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X, plus iOS and Android gadgets — showcases the leading 3 European clubs included in the franchise: Manchester United, Bayern Munich, and Juventus, the latter of which is special to eFootball and doesn’t appear in EA Sports’ FIFA series.

Konami utilized the brand-new engine to restore the video game and “create a one-on-one system that is incredibly thrilling and, most importantly, realistic,” according to the narrative in the trailer. This system is called Movement Matching, and it will be a function of all variations of the video game — present console generation and previous.

However from the appearances of an advancement roadmap released Wednesday, eFootball will introduce in “early fall” as a reasonably bare-bones title, with other systems, modes, and includes brought along later on. Cross-platform play, for instance, is assured in the expose video, however it’s arranged to launching later on in the fall; cross-platform matches throughout Android, iOS, PC, PlayStation, and Xbox are set to arrive this winter season. Cross-generation play within PlayStation and Xbox will be offered at launch.

image showing the development roadmap for 2021 and 2022 for eFootball

Image: Konami

When It Comes To eFootball’s free-to-play element, that will be supported by a fight pass system called Match Pass, which will use tiered benefits (or the ways of purchasing the loot outright). Juventus, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and Barcelona will be offered free of charge to all gamers at launch.

Konami likewise stated it prepares to offer “certain game modes […] as optional DLC,” which likely suggests a buy-in for the video game’s profession suite, presuming the free-to-play element is matching the old PES’ Master League mode.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.