Pro Evolution Soccer is undergoing an overhaul-this is the biggest since its inception. Konami announced on Wednesday that its football simulation game name will be simply renamed eFootball after it had the awkward name “eFootball PES” a few years ago. But more importantly, eFootball will be a free game that will provide cross-platform games everywhere after its release. eFootball will be launched on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series S/X, Xbox One, Windows 10 and PC version Steam this fall, and Android and iOS versions will be launched soon. Cross-playing on mobile devices will require an external controller. The real-time service free game is an interesting response to the annual paid version of the old model, which is still used by FIFA, its biggest competitor, EA Sports.

“We started planning this initiative about two years ago to match the transition of console generations and changes in the market environment,” eFootball series producer Seitaro Kimura told IGN. “I believe we have proven that this structure can be successful on mobile devices. By applying the same model on all platforms, we hope that more football fans can also play this game on consoles.” Although eFootball PES is on the move It’s free on the device, but Konami has also tried this strategy on consoles and PCs in the past few years. eFootball PES Lite is a scaled-down free game version of the main entrance. Now, it is going all out.

Real-time service games—including games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, GTA Online, or Call of Duty: Warzone—are making big money, and Konami is borrowing a leaf from their script, hoping to do the same for hundreds of millions of people. Football fans of the world. In theory, free games should attract more gamers to join eFootball, but it remains to be seen whether it can attract some audiences from EA Sports. The upcoming FIFA 22 version of EA Sports will continue to be a paid pre-experience (although And predatory microtransactions that have caused a lot of criticism).

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As with any real-time service game, eFootball will see new content and game modes added over time. Although Konami did not talk about any model, it did say that it will provide free local offline matches at the time of release, including partner clubs such as Barcelona Football Club, Juventus Football Club, Bayern Football Club and Manchester United. But most importantly, Konami will sell certain game modes as optional DLC in the future-this will fork the player base, so I would like to know how this will develop. Konami also announced the roadmap for the first few months, including cross-game launch, team building mode, online league, game pass system and mobile controller support.

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Konami adopted a custom football engine design based on Unreal Engine 4, and hired Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique as the development consultants for eFootball offensive and defensive games, respectively. In addition, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. serve as global ambassadors, which means that they will add luster to the game’s launch screen and marketing materials. The new engine allows for “motion matching”, which converts the player’s actions into a series of animations-four times the previous ones-and selects the most accurate animation in real time. Improved ball control uses the R2/RT trigger button to determine the intensity of the ball. Due to “Match-up” and “Physical Defending”, the defender can compete for the ball.

Many details are undecided, including whether eFootball will become an always-on game, what offline game modes players can expect, and other partner clubs and licensing arrangements. Konami stated that these issues will be resolved in the coming weeks and months.

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“Starting from the strong foundation of Unreal Engine, it allowed us to carry out large-scale reforms in the way players express. We made a lot of modifications and created a new football game engine in a virtual way, which will provide eFootball in the next few years. Motivation,” Kimura said in a statement. Prepared statement. “With the additional features of the new generation of game consoles, and through close cooperation with elite football players, eFootball provides us with the most intense and realistic gameplay so far. We will share the specific game details next month, so stay tuned. “

eFootball will be launched on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X in the fall. It will launch “soon” on Android and iOS.