After an open beta launched late last month, Konami has finally confirmed that the Pro Evolution Football franchise is renamed eFootball. The series received the eFootball moniker two years ago with eFootball PES 2020 but that’s not the only change. eFootball it will also be digital only and will launch as a free play title for Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X / S, PS4 and PC in the Autumn with iOS and Android versions coming later.
Like IGN notes, cross-play will be available for all versions by Winter (with mobile players needing to use controls to participate). Replace the FOX Engine, eFootball is being developed on a modified version of Unreal Engine 4. All versions will be practically the same although it will be lighter to include at launch. The plan is to provide free annual updates instead of new annual statements with eFootball serves as a platform in line with series producer Seitaro Kimura. And yes, there will be a Battle Pass format with Match Passes.
Demonstration games and nine clubs are available at launch but other modes must be purchased through DLC (which will be optional). Konami has not detailed how monetization will work but wants to make the game “fair and balanced” for everyone. The good news is that Peter Drury and Jim Belgin are returning as the English commentators along with File Options for adapting the game (though the latter comes after its launch).
In terms of new features, fans can expect a new animation system called Motion Matching that provides four times as many animations as previous titles. It will also be available for all versions of the game in complete contrast to FIFA 22’s HyperMotion is exclusive to Xbox Series X / S and PS5. More details on the gameplay and online modes are coming in late August so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out the road map below.