Pro Evolution Soccer no more as Konami reveals cross-platform eFootball

Konami has blown the full-time whistle on its iconic series of football games, Pro Evolution Soccer.

The Japanese game developer, whose Pro Evo titles have been the FIFA series’ main rival on games consoles for two decades, is retiring the series and replacing it with a new free to play game, eFootball, and signed up Brazilian international Neymar and Argentina star Lionel Messi as its poster boys.

While Konami says football is a ‘fresh approach’ for its long-running football franchise, eFootball is a new game, with a new identity and way of doing things.

“Starting with the strong foundations of Unreal Engine, which has allowed us to massively overhaul player expression, we’ve made a number of modifications to virtually create a new football game engine that will power eFootball for years to come,” said Seitaro Kimura, eFootball series Producer at Konami Digital Entertainment.

eFootball will be free to play across console, PC and mobile, but downloadable content will be available to buy. Konami says the new game will “present a fair and balanced experience for all players”.

“Local matches featuring FC Barcelona, Juventus, FC Bayern, Manchester United and others will be available, for free, at launch. In the future, certain game modes will be sold as optional DLC, giving players the freedom to build an experience that follows their interests,” the developer adds.

The game will support cross-platform play, too, so Xbox owners can take on their friends who own Playstations.

eFootball will be released on a staggered basis.

Early Autumn

  • All-new gameplay experience, powered by Unreal Engine
  • Cross-generation matchmaking (i.e. PlayStation5 vs. PlayStation4, Xbox Series X|S vs. Xbox One)
  • Local Matches featuring FC Barcelona, Juventus, FC Bayern, Manchester United and more

Autumn

  • Cross-platform matchmaking between consoles and PC (i.e. PlayStation5 vs. Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation5 vs. PC Steam, etc.)
  • Team Building Mode (Name TBC) opened – build your own team by acquiring players
  • Online Leagues (Name TBC) opened – take your original team and compete in a global, competitive league
  • Match Pass system – earn items and players by playing eFootball.

Winter

  • Mobile controller support added
  • Full cross-platform matchmaking across all available platforms including mobile when using a compatible controller
  • Professional and amateur esports tournaments kick-off

e-Football’s official website is here.

The game is tipped to be available from September 2021.

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