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Professional Evolution Soccer renamed to eFootball for 2021 launch

Konami’s soccer online game, referred to as Professional Evolution Soccer or Successful Eleven since 2001, is now merely eFootball. No PES, no numbering.

It’s additionally now free-to-play. And it’s developed in Unreal Engine 4, one other franchise first. (From Professional Evolution Soccer 2015 by means of final 12 months, it had been constructed with Konami’s Fox Engine, initially developed by Konami’s Kojima Productions for its Metallic Gear franchise.)

Thus, Konami is looking eFootball “an all-new soccer simulation platform,” slightly than an iteration and rebranding of PES. The writer added “eFootball” to the collection’ title in 2019.

The six-minute debut trailer for eFootball — which is in improvement on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Home windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Collection X, plus iOS and Android units — showcases the highest three European golf equipment featured within the franchise: Manchester United, Bayern Munich, and Juventus, the latter of which is unique to eFootball and doesn’t seem in EA Sports activities’ FIFA collection.

Konami used the brand new engine to rebuild the sport and “create a one-on-one system that’s extremely thrilling and, most significantly, practical,” in accordance with the narration within the trailer. This method is named Movement Matching, and it will likely be a function of all variations of the sport — present console technology and former.

However from the appears to be like of a improvement roadmap revealed Wednesday, eFootball will launch in “early fall” as a comparatively bare-bones title, with different programs, modes, and options introduced alongside later. Cross-platform play, for instance, is promised within the reveal video, but it surely’s scheduled to debut later within the fall; cross-platform matches throughout Android, iOS, PC, PlayStation, and Xbox are set to reach this winter. Cross-generation play inside PlayStation and Xbox shall be out there at launch.

image showing the development roadmap for 2021 and 2022 for eFootball

Picture: Konami

As for eFootball’s free-to-play element, that shall be supported by a battle go system known as Match Go, which can supply tiered rewards (or the means of shopping for the loot outright). Juventus, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and Barcelona shall be out there at no cost to all gamers at launch.

Konami additionally mentioned it plans to promote “sure recreation modes […] as non-obligatory DLC,” which doubtless means a buy-in for the sport’s profession suite, assuming the free-to-play element is mirroring the outdated PES’ Grasp League mode.

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