It’s the end of an era, Konami announced today it is rebranding its legendary Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) game to a new name called eFootball. The Japanese studio made the first PES game in 1995 and it’s also known as Winning Eleven in Japan. Konami’s long-running PES series has always been a rival to EA Sport’s FIFA.
The new eFootball game will be available this fall as a free-to-play digital-only title and it will launch on current and last-gen consoles, PC via Steam, and also on mobile on Android and iOS. Konami says the game has been “completely rebuilt” with Unreal engine and that it “represents a fresh approach” for the long-running series.
“Starting with the strong foundations of Unreal Engine, which has allowed us to massively overhaul player expression, we’ve made a number of modifications to virtually create a new football game engine that will power eFootball for years to come,” said Seitaro Kimura, eFootball series Producer at Konami Digital Entertainment. “With the added power of new-generation consoles and by working closely with elite footballers, eFootball delivers our most tense and realistic gameplay to date.”
The game will get regular updates with new content and game modes after its launch, according to Konami. At launch, matches involving football giants FC Barcelona, Juventus, FC Bayern and Manchester United will be available to play for free. For those who want more freedom and the ability to make their experience even better, certain game modes and DLCs will be available to purchase as optional content in the future.
The game will offer cross-play support across all platforms when it launches this fall. Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr have been chosen and global ambassadors. The Japanese studio promises more updates in the coming weeks.