Goodbye Pes, the new Konami game is called eFootball (and it will be free)

Goodbye Pes, the new Konami game is called eFootball (and it will be free)

Goodbye Pes

The football simulation title changes identity and also many important details: it will be free-to-play and playable anywhere

(Photo: Konami) Goodbye Pes, aka Pro Evolution Soccer: Konami has officially turned the page and has chosen as the new name of the future chapter of the football simulation title, the simple eFootball, which had already appeared on the covers together with Pes for two years. The appointment is for next autumn, with testimonials the Argentine Leo Messi and the Brazilian Neymar Jr., chosen as global ambassadors while the Spaniards Andrés Iniesta and Gerard Piqué have been involved in the development in the role of consultants for the offensive and defensive game. .

Konami has confirmed several rumors of the eve that promised the new name, but it will not be the only big news: eFootball will in fact be a free-to-play title or it can be downloaded for free both on consoles such as Ps5 and Ps4 and Xbox Series X / S and One both on Pc from Steam and on mobile platform with Android and iOs. Only Nintendo Switch is missing, but the game will also be 100% cross-play so it will ensure that all platforms and all generations can play together.

(Photo: Konami) To challenge the Better than the bursting novelties of Fifa 22, eFootball will be based on the Unreal Engine to guarantee animations that are four times smoother, natural and realistic and ad hoc models for the most famous players. As anticipated by Konami, in August the gameplay to be expected will be shown for the first time, local matches with teams such as FC Barcelona, ​​Juventus, FC Bayern, Manchester United and the challenges between various generations of consoles (for example Ps5 and Ps4 or Xbox Series X / S and One).

We will move to autumn with the opening of the various leagues and team modes (building your own team) plus the full possibility of playing cross-platform between console and pc and the Match Pass system to earn items and players playing. In winter, Android and iPhone mobile versions will also be added, with support for smartphone controllers: all platforms will converge in global cross-play and the first eSports tournaments will also arrive at the same time.

How Konami will earn from a title free-to-play with a curious logo similar to the euro symbol (€)? The precise details have not yet emerged, but it is likely that you will have to pay to download certain packages (dlc) of teams or championships, special contents, maybe even modalities like that career that was not mentioned in the press release.

Here a summary of the teams and the exclusive championships of Konami or Ea.

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PES 2022 release date, demo, PS5 and Xbox Series X details, Unreal Engine and everything you need to know

PES 2022 is on the way, and in late June we received a surprise demo for the new game – with curiously little fanfare from Konami. It was a welcome arrival after the Japanese publisher's decision to withdraw from E3. This edition of Pro Evo marks the series' debut on PS5 and Xbox Series X, so what can we expect in terms of the PES 2022 release date, and new gameplay features? GR’s PES 2022 guide has the comprehensive scouting report.

PES 2022 demo: play it until July 8

PES 2022

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Konami pulled a huge surprise by dropping a PES 2022 demo on June 24. Named the 'New Football Game Online Performance Test', it's playable on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X and S – but only for a limited time. The demo runs until midnight on July 8. It features four clubs: FC Bayern, Juventus, Manchester United, and Barcelona. 

Gameplay is noticeably slower than last couple of years, and a handful of other changes make themselves evident. Dash moves from R1 to R2, and you can hold L2 to instruct a player to 'get between the opponent and the ball'. A full list of controls is now available on the official Konami website.

'The chief goal of the New Football Game Online Performance Test is to assess the stability and connection quality of our servers during online matches,' says Konami. 'For more details on the official release and the game itself, keep tuned for our announcement planned for 21/07/2021!'

PES 2022 release date: October feels likely

PES 2021 Roma

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Historically Konami has sought to pre-empt mammoth FIFA sales by bringing its game out a fortnight ahead of its big-bucks rival. PES 2018 landed on 15 September 2017, PES 2019 on 30 August 2018, and PES 2020 on 10 September 2019. With the series launching on next-gen, it’s paramount that the new game drops before FIFA 22, which GR expects to arrive at the very end of September. So we’re predicting a PES 2022 release date, with much social media fanfare, of the second week in September.

PES 2022 trailer: expect it on July 21

PES 2021

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While some companies have shied away from E3 in recent times, Konami has strong ties to the show of the summer – with key Metal Gear Solid and PES behind-closed-doors previews occurring in Los Angeles over the years. However, it wasn't there this year. In early May the company withdrew from the digital-only E3 2021. However, the launch of the PES 2022 demo brought confirmation of an official game announcement, coming our way on Wednesday, July 21. Expect to see the first trailer then.

PES 2022 gameplay details: what has Konami said?

PES 2021

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Not a lot. In fact, the Japanese publisher’s wall of silence since autumn 2020 has sections of the community worried. For the record, here’s the official line on PES 2022:

'As the industry stands at the precipice of an exciting new generation of consoles, we believe that now is the perfect time to share some of our plans for the future of the PES franchise with you,' Konami said in a blog post ahead of PES 2021. 'To that end, we are excited to announce that we are hard at work on a next-generation football title that aims to truly embody our core concept of the 'The Pitch Is Ours.''

“This title is being developed with an updated engine that will enable us to dazzle you with staggering improvements to all areas of the game. Expect more realistic player models and animations, enhanced physics, photorealistic visuals, and much much more.”

PES 2022 Unreal Engine: will we see it?

PES 2021

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Yes! Bidding goodbye to Pro Evo’s Fox Engine era, Konami is switching to Unreal Engine in order to build PES 2022. “Our development team in Japan tried it out, and they've seen they have so much more opportunity to do different things on the pitch when it comes down to gameplay visual effects,” Lennart Bobzien, European brand manager, confirmed to Eurogamer. “When they played around with the Unreal engine, they just decided this was the engine they wanted to use to make the step into the next-console generation. The Unreal engine is the base for the future of the PES series.”

PES 2022 wishlist: more intricacy and Master League magic

PES 2021

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With gameplay details scarce, speculation as to how PES 2022 might look and play has been left to fans. Thankfully, the series’ esteemed history – it was considered the best footy sim of the PS2 era by a considerable margin – has kept the community strong.

Pinky1337 on Reddit lists a catalogue of specific, strong ideas, many of which should appeal to long-standing fans who want their chosen football series freshened up, and trigger intrigue from those weary of FIFA. “Heavily improve offensive AI,” he writes. “Strikers starting runs behind the defence in situations where my player is unable to pass are infuriating. Both on offence and defence, AI-controlled players need to react better to the ball. [Also] remake a lot of animations. Especially celebrations and goalkeepers. [There’s] so much stiff movement that is just ugly to look at.”

Aesthetics are a recurring theme. “Better facial animations,” he continues. “Have some fun with camera angles. It’s a video game [with] so much possibility. A PES 2017 trailer [featured a] celebration where the camera panned down to head height, and it looked like you ran along the players. That would be awesome. Players without a real face need to look way better [too]. 2K is a great example of how to do it right.”

This Twitter wishlist from @Rasheed1981 also feels straightforward yet achievable:

As for long-haul play, Master League is a major focus. Long before anyone had heard of Ultimate Team, it was the bedrock of PES’ halcyon days as you took a team of also-runs and gradually upgraded it with real players. Local co-op play for this marquee mode is seen as one way of bringing it back to the future.

“One of the most enjoyable moments of the entire console generation was when the penny dropped and I realised, through share play, I could play a Master League tournament with my brother,” writes John Blaze at evo-web. “When we lived together, this was something we would do in previous games and it was fun building a team and genuinely struggling doing so.”

“Playing through Share Play works well, but the graphical quality for the person not hosting is not the best, there is often lag and button press delay… I just don't understand how [local co-op] has been missed. This should essentially be the case with every game. Minor tweaks to gameplay and improved graphics are great but I just want gaming to return to a time where there was a genuine focus on fun.”

PES 2022 licenses: more Italian clubs coming

PES 2021

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Konami already has exclusive rights to Juventus and AS Roma, and two more Italian sides will be teaming up with the series in time for PES 2022. The first is Napoli.

“There are two new Italian teams interested in Konami's export path and who will soon sign a collaboration with us, ' series GM Manorito Hosoda tells La Gazzetta dello Sport. 'We plan to create a new export competition in Italy with our five partners, including the most recent two.'

You can see read more on the Napoli announcement, with the club becoming exclusive to Konami from PES 2023 onwards, in our May news story.

He goes on to say that more young players will be included going forwards, a move which will have a tangible gameplay effect: 'I believe youth teams are fundamental for clubs, and including them will positively influence clubs in so many ways. We plan to recreate the training of the youth teams in the game and what results they must achieve to be promoted to the first team.' Sounds promising.

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