Konami announced that the SPE Names for good. Its flagship soccer franchise is now called eFootball, and it will be free to play on consoles, PC and mobile devices.
At first it was Winning Eleven. Then it was Pro Evolution Soccer. Now it’s eFootball. Konami has once again changed the name of its longtime FIFA rival as part of a major overhaul of how the game works in today’s gaming environment. This is likely the game that Konami mysteriously tested in June.
Konami announced that eFootball is a free, “all new football simulation platform” developed in Unreal Engine and distributed on a autumn Release on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One and Steam before launching later on iOS and Android.
Cross-platform gaming will be available after launch, but cross-generational gaming will be available at launch. You can see the promised roadmap for other content en route to the game later this year below.
Local games with FC Barcelona, Juventus, FC Bayern, Manchester United and others will be available for free at launch, and Konami will announce which other clubs and game options will be added later. Some of these modes are paid for, although Konami has not confirmed the details.
One of the highlighted features of this new realization of the PES games is what Konami calls “motion matching”. This technology “apparently converts the wide range of movements players make on the court into a series of animations and selects the most accurate in real time,” meaning the game contains four times as many animations as previous entries . Sounds a bit like Hypermotion from FIFA 22 to us.
“Starting with the strong foundations of the Unreal Engine, which allowed us to massively rework the expression of players, we made a number of modifications to virtually create a new soccer game engine that will power eFootball for years to come “Said serial producer, Seitaro Kimura.
Konami promised more information and gameplay details in late August.