Konami has announced an all-new free-to-play soccer game that will send shockwaves across the industry.
eFootball, slated for release in the fall, will replace Pro Evolution Soccer (PES), which has been known 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, which means PC gamers 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’ upcoming FIFA 22 is currently priced at £ 59.99 on Amazon.
Konami has released a roadmap that points to an early fall release for a base game with online leagues, team building mode and a matchpass system, however, the finer details have yet to be found. been published.
PES worked more like a traditional version, but eFootball seems to aim for a more “platform” approach, meaning it will receive regular updates and, more importantly, free annual updates for new seasons.
One gripe among FIFA players is that each annual update does not add enough new content and meaningful updates to warrant a full release of the award each year.
eFootball can respond to this complaint and the fact that it’s free means it has the potential to attract more players than ever before.
However, this does mean that the new game may have limited content compared to FIFA. It will start with exhibition matches, with a selection of nine clubs to play with. Below you can see the eFootball roadmap.
Time will tell if this will become a seismic moment in the soccer game industry.
For now, all we can do is take a look back at some of the strengths that PES has given us over the years.
It’s fair to say that in its early days PES felt very random, with players really having a hard time deciphering which teams were which.
In 2019, Goal wrote an article on the funniest team names in the history of the game. Below you can see the absolute gems.
The funniest team names on PES
Dublin (Aston Villa)
Rekordmeister (Bayern Munich)
Lake District (West Ham)
Black White (Juventus)
White (Real Madrid)
Aragon (Manchester United)
Blue Man (Manchester City)
West London Blue (Chelsea)
Merseyside Blue (Everton)
Merseyside Red (Liverpool)
West Yorkshire Town (Huddersfield)
Yorkshire Whites (Leeds)
AN White Red (Seville)
Yorkshire Orange (shell)
The Potteries (Stoke)
And who can forget the legendary team that is PES United? Castolo was a goal machine!