Konami has announced a brand new, free-to-play football game that will send shockwaves through the industry.
eFootball, which is scheduled for release in the Autumn, will replace Pro Evolution Soccer (PES), which is what it’s been known as since 1995.
It will be available to play on PlayStation5, PlayStation4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, Windows 10 (PC), Steam (PC), iOS, Android.
It will also be cross-platform, meaning PC players can take on Xbox or PS5 owners and even people playing on iOS or Android phones.
eFootball will also be free. In contrast, EA Sports’ forthcoming FIFA 22 is currently priced at £59.99 on Amazon.
Konami has released a roadmap that points to an early Autumn release for a base game with online leagues, team building mode and a matchpass system, however, the finer details have not been published yet.
PES operated more like a traditional release but eFootball appears to be aiming for a more ‘platform’ approach, meaning it will receive regular updates and more crucially, free, yearly updates for new seasons.
A gripe among FIFA players is that each annual update fails to add enough new content and meaningful updates to warrant a full price release every year.
eFootball may address this complaint and the fact that it’s free to play means it has potential to attract more players than ever before.
However, it means the new game may have limited content compared to FIFA. It will launch with exhibition matches, with a selection of nine clubs to play with. Below you can see eFootball’s roadmap.
Time will tell on whether this does become a seismic moment in the football gaming industry.
Twitter was littered with posts from users writing ‘RIP PES’ as they remembered some of the iconic players and team names and Adriano’s incredible stats. For now all we can do is look back at some of the highlights PES brought us over the years.
It’s fair to say that in its early days PES had a very random feel to it with players having a really hard time deciphering which teams were which.
Funniest team names on PES
Dublin (Aston Villa)
Rekordmeister (Bayern Munich)
Lake District (West Ham)
Black White (Juventus)
White (Real Madrid)
Aragon (Manchester United)
Man Blue (Manchester City)
West London Blue (Chelsea)
Merseyside Blue (Everton)
Merseyside Red (Liverpool)
West Yorkshire Town (Huddersfield)
Yorkshire Whites (Leeds)
AN White Red (Sevilla)
Yorkshire Orange (Hull)
The Potteries (Stoke)
And who can forget the legendary team that is PES United? Castolo was a goal machine!