In a rather surprising move, Konami recently renamed the PES franchise (aka Winning Eleven in Japan) to simply 'eFootball', and made it free-to-play. Here's everything you need to know about this year's edition of eFootball — or the only one if Konami's plans work out — for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Android, and iOS.
eFootball Engine — Borrowing from Fortnite
One of the biggest changes coming to the game will in the form of a new engine. Konami is moving away from it's in-house Fox engine to a custom engine built with Unreal Engine 4. One of the key reasons for the change is the scalability that Unreal Engine provides, which is key to creating a unified platform across PC, console and mobile. It's a similar situation as Fortnite, which also uses Unreal Engine and the various versions of the game across PC, console and mobile are largely the same.
"That's why we chose Unreal Engine," said series producer Seitaro Kimura in a recent interview with IGN. "Unreal Engine's development speed is one of the fastest among game engines, and its scalability includes both high-end and low-end – perfect for mobile and next-gen platforms."
Moving to Unreal Engine also allowed Konami to update the players' movement animations in the game, which the company says allows for four times as many animations as previous PES games. The new 'motion matching' system will apply on all version of the game, including mobile.
Kimura also added that the game's controls will be changed, with the right trigger now being used for sprinting, similar to FIFA.
eFootball 2022 Cross-play Explained
Konami has confirmed that eFootball will provide true cross-play across all platforms, including mobile. However, there is a catch — mobile players will need to use a controller to play against console players.
For cross-generation play, PS4 players will be able to seamlessly play with PS5 players, and the same goes for Xbox gamers on the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles. Players across all platforms will be able to play against each other by winter, with mobile cross-play support dropping later.
eFootball Club Roster Free Updates Confirmed
One of the most important features of any football game, be it FIFA or PES, are the club roster updates and changes to their career modes. While FIFA continues to charge the full AAA price for yearly releases, Konami has a different strategy. eFootball will offer free updates to its roster and other features as the months and years roll by. This is a move that we first saw with PES 2021, which didn't require gamers to pay up the full price. Rather, it pushed out an update to PES 2020 for a nominal fee.
There has been no official mention of updates to myClub, PES' version of FIFA's Ultimate Team mode or Master League. The official roadmap of the game suggest that the former will be replaced with an unnamed 'Team Building Mode'.
"The platform model gives us the opportunity to provide meaningful updates irregularly, if appropriate, without having to ask users to download a new game," added Kimura on the nature of yearly updates as opposed to stand-alone entries.
eFootball Free-To-Play Roadmap — When Can You Download It?
Finally, Konami also revealed the roadmap for the new game, which includes a ton of updates and summarises everything new coming to eFootball. Here is a summary of all the new changes coming to the game.
Autumn will see the new game engine rollout, with local matches using renowned clubs. Cross-generation matches between PS4 and PS5 as well as Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S will be added in the same time period. Following that, online leagues and the new team-building mode will be added, along with cross-platform matches between console and PC. Autumn will also see the game get a "match pass" which will act as eFootball's battle-pass system.
Following that in Winter, the first eSports tournaments for eFootball will be held across all platforms, including mobile. Speaking of mobile, the new version of eFootball on the platform (Android) will get controller support, which will let players compete with console and PC players.
eFootball (PES 2022) Platforms, Release Date and Price
As mentioned earlier, the newly renamed eFootball will be completely free-to-play. Of course, to keep funding the game for new updates, Konami will be monetising the game in some ways, although the company hasn't revealed what that will look like. The game has been confirmed to have a battle-pass system (match pass), so that is one of the ways it will be monetised.
Konami has not revealed a proper release date for the game, but the roadmap suggest it should drop sometime in Autumn, so a release in September is likely. eFootball will be available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S as well as android smartphones through the Google Play Store. There has been no confirmation of a Nintendo Switch version of the game.
Source : https://in.ign.com/pes-2022/163183/feature/efootball-pes-2022-release-date-download-roster-update-seasons-unreal-engine-4-konami1004