Konami has officially announced eFootball, the game previously known as PES 2022, for release on PS5, PS4, PC, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One in Fall 2021.
In a major step forward for the franchise, eFootball will be completely free-to-play. eFootball will be powered by a new game engine, and features a new technology known as Motion Matching that “converts the vast range of movements that players make on the pitch into a series of animations, selecting the most accurate one in real-time.”
Furthermore, Konami confirmed that eFootball will support new content and game modes post-launch, and unlike previous entries, this latest instalment is going to be a digital-only game. On release date, local matches including FC Barcelona, Juventus, FC Bayern, Manchester United will be available to players free of charge.
eFootball’s producer, Seitaro Kimura, commented:
Starting with the strong foundations of Unreal® Engine, which has allowed us to massively overhaul player expression, we’ve made a number of modifications to virtually create a new football game engine that will power eFootball™ for years to come.
With the added power of new-generation consoles and by working closely with elite footballers, eFootball™ delivers our most tense and realistic gameplay to date. We’ll share specific gameplay details next month, so stay tuned.
eFootball is scheduled for release in Fall 2021 for PS5, PS4, PC, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One.