A title screen for a video game. On a blue background, the title 'eFootball' is placed in yellow font. To the right stands football player Lionel Messi.

Konami has officially rebranded their Pro Evolution Soccer series as eFootball – a free-to-play, digital only title coming to PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC this Autumn. iOS and Android versions will come this Winter, alongside full cross-platform matchmaking across all available platforms.

This drastic overhaul has called for numerous changes, including rebuilding the entire game in Unreal Engine.

“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.” – Seitaro Kimura, Producer at Konami Digital Entertainment.

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.

Konami has already published a first roadmap for eFootballpresenting initial details about launch content and what will be added in the months following. You can view the roadmap below.

A roadmap split into three categories: Early Autumn: All-new gameplay experience, powered by Unreal® Engine Cross-generation matchmaking (i.e. PlayStation®5 vs. PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S vs. Xbox One) Local Matches featuring FC Barcelona, Juventus, FC Bayern, Manchester United and more Autumn: Cross-platform matchmaking between consoles and PC (i.e. PlayStation®5 vs. Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®5 vs. PC Steam®, etc.) Team Building Mode (Name TBC) opened – build your own team by acquiring players Online Leagues (Name TBC) opened – take your original team and compete in a global, competitive league Match Pass system – earn items and players by playing eFootball™ Winter: Mobile controller support added Full cross-platform matchmaking across all available platforms including mobile when using a compatible controller Professional and amateur esports tournaments kick-off

More details on the gameplay and game modes will be announced in late August, but for now you can take a look at their announcement trailer.

 

 

By Gavin Spoors

Gavin is a Freelance Writer, budding Screenwriter and Narrative Designer, and Gaming Editor for Filmhounds. He's particularly interested in story and narrative design, be it for a film, TV series or a game. His written work can be found at outlets such as Flip Screen, New Game+ and JumpCut PLAY.

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