Konami has announced that it will abandon the Pro Evolution Soccer name forever. Its flagship football franchise, which was once the main football simulator but which in recent years has seen FIFA regain that place, will now be called eFootball, and will be free to play on consoles, PCs and mobile devices.
First, it was Winning Eleven. Then it was Pro Evolution Soccer. Now it’s eFootball. Konami has once again renamed its long-time FIFA rival as part of a major overhaul of how the game will work in the modern gaming climate. This is probably the game Konami was mysteriously testing in June.
Konami announced that eFootball is a free-to-play “all new football simulation platform” built on the Unreal Engine and targeting a fall release on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One and Steam before launch on iOS and later Android.
The cross-platform game will arrive after launch, but the cross-generational game will be available at launch. You can see the promised roadmap of other content on its way to the game throughout the year:
Local games featuring FC Barcelona, Juventus, FC Bayern, Manchester United and others will be available free of charge at launch and Konami is ready to make announcements about what other clubs and game options will be added later. Some of these modes will be paid for, although Konami has not confirmed the details.
One of the outstanding features of this new realization of PES games is what Konami calls “Motion Matching”. This technology apparently “converts the vast range of moves players make on the field into a series of animations, selecting the most accurate one in real time,” meaning there are four times more animations in the game compared to previous entries. It looks a bit like the Hypermotion of FIFA 22.
“Starting with the solid foundations of the Unreal Engine, which allowed us to massively reshape player expression, we’ve made a series of modifications to virtually create a new football game engine that will drive eFootball for years to come,” said series producer , Seitaro Kimura.
Konami has promised more information and gameplay details to be revealed in late August.