Konami’s popular game PES is now eFootball

Konami has officially renamed its popular soccer franchise – Pro Evolution Soccer (SPE) – to eFootball. The company also goes a step further and is pursuing a new strategy to get the upper hand against its biggest rival by making it completely digital and free to play across platforms.
The renaming isn’t the only thing that’s part of the major overhaul of the PES franchise. Konami practically rebuilt the game. The developer also has its Fox engine for a bespoke engine based on Unreal Engine 4. The same engine will power the game on all platforms including cell phones, PC and consoles.
The new engine has also allowed Konami to add a new motion matching animation feature to the game. According to the developer, this will allow them to place four times more animations compared to previous versions of the game.
The developer plans to release the game in the fall. It will be available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Windows 10, and Steam. The Android and iOS versions will follow shortly. According to a report by IGN, Konami didn’t say anything about the launch of the mobile version.
“EFootball aims to take a ‘platform’ approach with regular updates – there will be no more annual paid releases from eFootball, but the platform will receive free annual updates for new seasons,” eFootball series producer Seitaro Kimura told IGN.
In addition to cross-platform support, eFootball will also offer cross-generational gaming. Android and iOS versions will have controller support and will be required for cross-platform gaming.
Konami also dropped the roadmap for the game. The game features local matches with FC Barcelona, Juventus, FC Bayern, Manchester United, and other teams and cross-generational support at startup.

It then follows Online leagues, Team building mode, match-pass system and cross-platform matches between PC and consoles.
In the final phase, the game will have full cross-platform support for all platforms, including support for mobile devices, esports tournaments and mobile controllers.


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