Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer reboot, eFootball, hasn’t kicked off to a great start. The Japanese publisher’s free-to-play FIFA 22 rival is currently getting mauled over on Steam’s user review section, eFootball slapped with an “overwhelming negative” rating by the game’s community.
In fact, things are so bad that the PES successor has been labelled the worst game available on Valve’s PC storefront, according to stats pulled by Steam250. Scores from game critics don’t exactly paint a prettier picture with review scores clocking in around 2 or 3 out of 10.
So what seems to be the problem with eFootball? Why do players hate it so much?
While it’s clear to see that Konami is taking a gamble with this reboot for the beloved footie franchise, their initial offering is laughably thin. Key modes and features are missing on day one with only a smattering of teams and concerns over how the publisher will monetise eFootball going forward.
Konami has apologised since the game’s launch, promising that improvements are on the way:
After the release of eFootball 2022 we have received lots of feedback and requests regarding game balance that includes pass speed and defence operation. We would also like to acknowledge that there have been reports of problems users have experienced with cut-scenes, facial expressions, movements of players and the behaviour of the ball.
We are very sorry for the problems, and want to assure everyone we will take all concerns seriously and strive to improve the current situation.
This work will be continuously updated, quality will be improved and content will be added consistently. From next week onward, we will prepare for an update in October, while receiving further opinions through questionnaires to our users.
We will do our utmost to satisfy as many users as possible, and we look forward to your continued support of eFootball 2022.
Rocky day one launches continue to be the norm for a lot of live service games. Hopefully Konami will quickly steer eFootball in the right direction but it will be hard for fan to overcome such sour first impressions.
In other Konami news, it is reported that the company will be ramping up its AAA video game development efforts. It’s reported that new entries in key Konami franchises are planned including Metal Gear Solid, Castlevania, and Silent Hill.