Konami announces ‘Pro Evolution Soccer’ successor ‘eFootball’


Pro Evolution Soccer and Winning Eleven are now officially retired, with Konami pushing eFootball to be the successor to their much-beloved football title.

In an announcement, Konami detailed that they will be releasing eFootball. The game will be free to play equivalent to Pro Evolution Soccer and their other football titles. The title will also be available across all platforms.

PES, Winning Eleven to retire name

Much of the concept that they revealed so far for eFootball follows the mantra of PES to the letter. It’s almost a combination of PES and Winning Eleven, Konami’s other football title. Much of the difference comes at the idea of free to play for eFootball.

The new game will release this autumn for PC, Playstation, and the Xbox. The iOS and Android versions will come much later, with no information for the Switch.

The game itself will be free but, as with any F2P title, the game will have paid content. Many of these will come out post-launch and most will likely cost money.

“A new brand identity for a new generation of consoles and players, eFootball™ represents a fresh approach for the long-running franchise, previously known as Pro Evolution Soccer and Winning Eleven,” said their press release.

“As a digital-only title, KONAMI will regularly add new content and game modes after launch this Autumn. Local matches featuring FC Barcelona, Juventus, FC Bayern, Manchester United and others will be available, for free, at launch. In the future, certain game modes will be sold as optional DLC, giving players the freedom to build an experience that follows their interests.”

Konami likely looking towards FIFA Ultimate Team success

Konami seems to be following the footsteps of its competitors when it comes to their Pro Evolution Soccer successor. eFootball will likely be a F2P title because of the proven dedication of football video game players throughout the world.

For starters, Konami will likely use the model that FIFA Ultimate Team used for its MTX. FIFA Ultimate Team itself was responsible for a sizable chunk of EA’s sales last year. The game itself generated a whopping $1.6 billion, the highest for any simulation title.

Making eFootball free to play will make it the sports version of COD: Warzone. Players will likely be able to find a ton of cosmetic upgrades and likely pay to win lootbox mechanics in the upcoming title.

Konami claims that they will be using “Motion Matching” technology for the game. This will likely be installed to rival EA’s next-gen HyperMotion system. The 2020 Pro Evolution Soccer title, on the other hand, will stay and receive season updates from this point.

Featured image courtesy of eFootball/Youtube Screenshot

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