Konami is turning PES into a digital-only, free-to-play franchise called eFootball.
After over two decades, the historic franchise Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) is coming to an end. Konami is rebranding its PES into a digital-only, free-to-play series.
The long-running franchise will now be known simply as eFootball, with Konami pitching the reworked brand as a “next-generation, free-to-play football simulation experience.”
The move comes after Konami decided to rename the series eFootball PES — or eFootball Winning Eleven in Japan — in 2020, initiating a gradual shift away from the PES brand.
Outlining its plans for the refreshed franchise, Konami explained eFootball will be rebuilt in Unreal Engine and support cross-platform play between console, PC, and mobile platforms.
The Japanese company claims eFootball will be a “platform” in itself, and while the core offering will be free-to-play, some game modes will be sold as optional DLC to give players “the freedom to build an experience that follows their interests.”
A full gameplay reveal is slated for August. Still, Konami has teased a new animation system built around “Motion Matching” technology that “converts the vast range of moments that players make on the pitch into a series of animations, selecting the most accurate one in real-time.”
Some features, including mobile controller support, online leagues, cross-platform matches between console, PC, and mobile, will only be rolled out in Autumn and Winter.
At launch, players can play local matches using a selection of licensed clubs, including Juventus, Barcelona, Arsenal, Manchester United, and play cross-generation matches on console platforms.
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