Pro Evolution Soccer (PES), FIFA’s rival soccer simulator, is now called eFootball and will be free to play. Announced by developer Konami on Wednesday (21), the game replaces PES 2022 and is scheduled for release between September and November for the following platforms: PlayStation 5 (PS5), PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC, and Android and iPhone (iOS) phones. eFootball will feature a new graphics engine, new gameplay, and cross-play between all its released versions.
The game will be released already with Unreal Engine 4, nine clubs are available for friendly matches – including the Brazilians Corinthians, Flamengo, and São Paulo – and cross-play between console generations (PS4 with PS5 and Xbox One with Xbox Series X/S). Online leagues, new game modes, and cross-play between consoles and PC will only be available later, with no date confirmed yet. See below for the main changes from PES to eFootball.
Equal gameplay across platforms and cross-play
Konami promises to deliver equal gameplay for all players, regardless of console model, PC, or cell phone. In addition, there will be cross-platform gameplay, which will happen in stages, starting with the interaction between console generations.
The full interaction between the different platforms is planned to take place only in late 2021, in the northern hemisphere winter. In addition, the company also plans to release a controller with support for mobile players.
New graphics engine
The possibility of offering equal gameplay and cross-platform interaction comes a long way by changing the graphics engine for eFootball’s development. For the new title, Konami opted for Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4, also used in Fortnite, and dropped its platform, FOX Engine. The change promises to deliver a completely revamped graphics system with new animations, as well as changing some of the franchise’s traditional controls.
Free to play
The news that eFootball will be free to play was the big news of the release. According to Konami, there will be no annual release of eFootball, but rather free updates every year for new seasons. In addition, eFootball will have weekly updates to reflect changes to licensed team rosters and real-world transfers.
New modes as DLCs
Alongside the official launch, new game modes will be available, such as the option of online leagues and the previously named “Team Building”. No details about this are known yet, but there will likely be optional DLCs to give players benefits when building their team.
In addition, the “Match Pass System,” the equivalent of the battle pass in other games, is expected to be released. Players who subscribe to it should gain benefits to use in eFootball. However, it is worth noting that no unofficial details about modes and how the DLC system will work have yet been released.
Will MyClub continue?
No information has been released yet regarding how MyClub will work in eFootball, the game mode equivalent to FIFA Ultimate Team, where the player sets up his or her team to compete against other players. Also, no information has been released on how Master League, the franchise’s famous career mode where the player takes control of a team, will work.