Konami has said that the upcoming release of eFootball – their free-to-play evolution from the venerable Pro Evolution Soccer brand – will be “basically a demo” at launch in “early autumn”.
As part of a Q&A on Twitter, the company posed themselves a number of questions and then answering them. In it they confirmed that the game’s initial launch be very limited in scope. For its early autumn launch, it will have limited teams and modes, focussing on those teams already confirmed and licensed for the eFootball series – this does include Barcelona FC, Juventus, Manchester United and others – and Konami admitted that this will be far from a full package.
However, the game will be completely free-to-play at this point and will have no microtransactions until they can be justified. Further content will be added through the rest of autumn, including the Master League as a premium DLC. There will also be a battle pass style Match Pass, which aims to remove some of the “lottery element” from previous games.
The Option Files will also return at some point, coming as a free update for PlayStation and PC. Xbox players will, as usual, be left out of this.
After an unbranded demo, Konami announced that their next football game would be ditching the PES brand for good, now set to be called eFootball and shift to a free-to-play business model. Not only that, but they’re also moving on from the Fox Engine, and switching to Unreal Engine for the new game. At the time of the announcement, Konami also outlined a rough roadmap of post-launch support, though this has left players with plenty of questions.
Here’s the full Q&A:
Is eFootball just a mobile game for consoles?
eFootball is developed first for consoles but is a platform for everyone to enjoy. The game will take full advantage of the hardware capabilities of each supported device.
Will next-gen graphics be downgraded to play against mobile users?
We will make graphical adjustments to the mobile version but the next-generation graphics on consoles and PC will not be downgraded.
Can you turn off or filter cross-platform matchmaking?
We will include multiple filters for matchmaking based on location and platform.
Is “Early Autumn” launch basically a demo?
In many ways, yes. We want people to get hands-on with eFootball as soon as possible, so we will launch with a limited number of teams and modes. Exact details to follow.
What exactly will be free-to-play at launch?
During “Early Autumn”, eFootball will have no micro-transactions – so everything will be free-to-play at launch. We will then add more content during “Autumn”. Exact content details to follow.
Can I play against the CPU/AI from “Early Autumn”?
Yes, Local Match will include this.
Will there be support for Edit Mode / Option Files?
We are planning to add Edit Mode / Option Files as a free update for PS5, PS4 and PC after the initial release. Exact details to follow.
When will Master League be added to eFootball™?
Master League will be available as premium downloadable content in the future. Please wait for further announcements.
Can you sign players without special agents?
Previous games had a strong “lottery element”, but eFootball lets you nominate and acquire your favourite players with Match Pass, a system to receive items based on matches played. Free & Paid Match Passes will be available.
Source: eFootball Twitter