Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer Is No More, Rebranded to eFootball – A Free-to-Play Game

Konami has announced that it has retired its long-running Pro Evolution Soccer/Winning Eleven brand in favor of eFootball – a free-to-play, cross-play game.

eFootball will launch this fall for the PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series X/S, PC, and mobile devices. Konami has promised “cutting-edge” graphics and “incomparable immersion” on the new consoles.

A content roadmap for eFootball is as follows:

Early Fall

  • 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.

Fall

  • 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.

Check out a trailer below.

In a press release, Konami said that it aimed to create the “perfect” virtual soccer environment, and in order to achieve this, the publisher built a new engine with a new animation system and revamped commands. The result exceeded Konami’s expectations, going “beyond the border of PES, into a new realm of virtual soccer.” “To signal this new era, we have decided to part ways with our beloved PES brand and rename it eFootball!” the company concluded.