Konami have announced they’re rebranding Pro Evolution Soccer, often known as PES, and calling it eFootball.
No, we’ve already checked, we haven’t slipped back in time to the early 2000s, but this rebrand is just the tip of the iceberg. eFootball’s first iteration will be free-to-play and, going by Konami’s roadmap for the game, that’s likely to be a long-term arrangement.
eFootball will sport a variety of features including “local” matches, cross-generation games at launch, better animation and so forth. Come late autumn, eFootball will also sport cross-play between PlayStation 5, PlayStation4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC and (when those versions arrive) iOS and Android. Sorry, Switch owners, looks like there’s no Nintendo Switch release on the cards for now.
So.. how will Konami make money from this? It may have something to do with another feature that’s arriving in late autumn, Team Building Mode. The mode will see you “build your own team by acquiring players” and Konami have stated that “certain game modes will be sold as optional DLC”. We’re hoping that Team Building Mode is a one-time-purchase but it’s also possible that player acquisition will involve loot boxes or microtransactions, FIFA Ultimate Team style.
eFootball is set to launch early autumn on PlayStation 5, PlayStation4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC with mobile versions arriving later.