Konami announced a few minutes ago eFootball, the new name of the Pro Evolution Soccer saga that becomes a free to play soccer game.

Last June 24 Konami published by surprise New Football Game, a technical test to verify the servers and connectivity of its next soccer game that, in theory, was going to be eFootball PES 2022 but that, finally, will be called simply eFootball, ending with the name of one of the most important soccer game licenses in history with which many of us have grown up playing with our console.

As it had announced through the technical test New Football Game, the Japanese studio has today presented its new simulator of the king sport that, we repeat, will be called simply and plainly eFootball, a free to play game that will be released during the fall on a date yet to be confirmed and that will come to PS5, XSX/S, PS4, Xbox One, PC, iOS and Android, counting with a special version for the new generation of consoles.

Along with the announcement we have received the first official trailer in which we discover what was to be the new PES that, according to Konami, renamed because “the end result has been even more impressive than what we had originally conceived. We have crossed the border of PES, entering a new world of virtual soccer. To mark the beginning of this new era, we have decided to abandon the “PES” brand for “eFootball!”

Free and cross-platform

One of the details that will mark eFootball the most is that we are facing a completely free game that will reach multiple devices so that all ball lovers can enjoy the game. As you have seen above, the title will come to consoles, computers and mobile devices and along with its launch in early autumn there will be intergenerational crossplay between consoles of the same brand while later we will be offered full crossplay between PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC.

New engine

eFootball will be released using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4, offering “cutting-edge graphics and an unparalleled immersive experience” on PS5 and XSX as well as versions compatible with the other previously announced platforms offering a similar experience to all players although obviously the new consoles will enjoy better graphics.

Konami also tells us about a new animation system with a technology called Motion Matching that is responsible for selecting in real time the most appropriate animations for each movement, control or shot of the player, providing four times more animations than in Pro Evolution Soccer to achieve a more realistic movement. This new animation system is used across all platforms, including current and last generation consoles, PC and mobile devices.

Constant updates

Another of the key points of eFootball is that we will find a game that will be constantly updated and, in fact, is something that we will notice during its first weeks of life because when the title is launched for free and digital will feature local matches between different teams like FC Barcelona, Juventus, FC Bayern or Manchester United or other teams in addition to intergenerational Matchmaking (PS5 players against PS4 and XSX / S against Xbox One).

Later in the fall will open the Online Leagues in which we can choose our favorite team and compete in a global league, the new Team Building mode (with name yet to be confirmed replacing MyClub) in which we can build our dream team by signing the players we want. In this update that will arrive weeks after the launch, crossplay between consoles and PC will also be released, as well as a system called Match Pass that will allow us to get objects and players by playing eFootball.

Finally, in the roadmap of the simulator we also find an update during the winter with the following content:

  • Start of professional and amateur eSport tournaments.
  • Full cross-platform matchmaking on all available platforms, including mobile, via compatible controllers
  • Incorporation of new mobile controller support

Big names

Konami has also announced that Messi and Neymar Jr will “sponsor” eFootball being its global ambassadors while Iniesta and PiquĂ© have participated in the development of the game as official advisors of the mechanics of attack and defense respectively.

During the coming weeks the Japanese studio will be publishing new details of eFootball among which we will find associated clubs, licensing and a long list of news.

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