We know virtual football is a big reason many South Africans even own a console. However, in a huge percentage of those cases, the game they are playing is some iteration of FIFA. Over the years, the duel between FIFA and PES has grown a little tired, but recently big moves by Konami (like focussing on single team licenses like that for Juventus rather than entire leagues) have definitely shown is trying to shake things up. And well, let’s just say today’s announcement may be a huge difference-maker!
Well, as the title indicates PES is no more. Yes, instead the Konami-lead football experience will now be called eFootball. Bleh! However, that’s not even the big change. Yes, now instead of annual paid experience – Konami has not only rebuilt the whole engine in Unreal but will be going the free-to-play route. By the sounds of it – the goal is to become the Fortnite of the digital footballing world with playability across all platforms (including mobile) – more regular updates and a combination of free gaming and DLC you have to pay for.
It’s definitely an interesting move. I think any current player would be quite happy at not having to pay for the yearly iteration of FIFA – and instead see a more consistent update system. However, this model does also bring up concerns that the actual quality of the gameplay will suffer. That being said there is a great breakdown in this IGN chat with eFootball series producer Seitaro Kimura that at least indicates that we don’t have to worry too much. Of course, the proof of the pudding will be in the eating and so we will have to wait a while before we can judge this big move properly. In the meantime – have a look above for details of the proposed roadmap for eFootball as well as a video breakdown (below) for a peek at the new mechanics the actual game will focus on.