Konami changes the focus of its legendary sports saga, which returns to action in the fall.
When Konami announced that its Pro Evolution Soccer saga – Winning Eleven in Japan – was going to take a year off in 2020, it was the first sign that major changes were coming for the franchise, and they are. As rumored for months, the PES saga takes a radical turn and goes to free-to-play format, leaving behind that proposal of annual deliveries that the FIFA saga maintains. And not only that: PES it will also change its name, and will now be known as eFootball, simply.
PES says goodbye forever to annual paid deliveriesReleased exclusively by IGN, Konami confirms that the new eFootball will be a play as a service, a “platform” that they will expand with frequent patches and other larger annual updates with each new season, all of them free. And yes, this means that the PES saga says goodbye forever to annual paid installments. With its name change, eFootball will be available this fall for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, and PC, with a later release on iOS and Android. Konami has not confirmed its release on Nintendo Switch.
Konami will offer bonus game modes as paid DLCThe game will be free on all platforms and will feature cross-play features (crossplay) starting this winter. As confirmed by the aforementioned media, eFootball will debut this fall with a reduced content offer: the exhibition matches and a selection of 9 starting teams will be available, which you can consult below. Konami will sell the rest of the modes as paid DLC. The Japanese company has not mentioned if that will be the case with the MyClub mode – the ‘Ultimate Team’ of PES – although IGN believes that this will be reconverted into a new mode of team creation that will be published after the launch.
With its move to free-to-play as a service, Konami has released a Roadmap with his initial plans for eFootball. The game will include a “Match Pass”, which will act as a Season Pass with content, in addition to its other avenues of monetization such as DLC modes. Konami does not clarify if the game will add new equipment as paid or free DLC, but they promise that eFootball monetization will be “fair and balanced” for all players.
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