The Pro Evolution Soccer series has been officially renamed to eFootball by developer Konami. eFootball will release this autumn and will be free-to-play. Furthermore, the ever-expanding title will only be available digitally and will replace the annual releases.
PES has been a regular annual title from Konami since 1995, with the last two releases including the eFootball in the title. For the first time in the series, eFootball will be built on the Unreal Engine; it will release on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X & S, Xbox One, PC (Steam and Windows 10), iOS, and Android will release later in the year.
In a roadmap released, Local matches featuring the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Juventus will be available at launch. Alongside the release, players on PS5 and PS4 will be able to play with each other, the same for players on Xbox Series and Xbox One consoles.
Heading towards the end of 2021, Konami has promised to add full cross-platform play between consoles, PC, and mobile, whilst controller support will be added to the latter. A new ‘match pass system’ was also mentioned, which seems to be this game’s battle pass. More information on this will be coming in late August, the developers have announced.