• Hey, guest user. Hope you're enjoying NeoGAF! Have you considered registering for an account? Come join us and add your take to the daily discourse.
  • The Politics forum has been nuked. Please do not bring political discussion to the rest of the site, or you will be removed. Thanks.

Konami says PES successor eFootball will be ‘basically a demo’ at launch

Bullet Club

Member
Oct 24, 2017
12,072
29,760
1,250

Konami says PES successor eFootball will be ‘basically a demo’ at launch​


The game will only have a limited number of teams on day one

Konami has stated that its Pro Evolution Soccer successor eFootball will essentially be a demo when it releases.

As part of a new Twitter thread addressing fan questions, the official eFootball account addressed players who have been asking if the game’s launch in early Autumn will be “basically a demo”.

“In many ways, yes,” it replied. “We want people to get hands-on with eFootball as soon as possible, so we will launch with a limited number of teams and modes. Exact details to follow.”


According to the roadmap provided as part of eFootball’s official announcement last month, the game will launch with the ability to play “local matches” with nine different clubs, as well as the ability to play cross-generation matches (PS5 vs PS4, Xbox Series X/S vs Xbox One).

Later in the Autumn the game will add support for online leagues and a team-building mode similar to the myClub mode in PES titles (although its new name has yet to be confirmed).

Cross-platform matches will also be implemented at this point (allowing PlayStation, Xbox and Steam players to compete against each other), along with a season pass system.

Then, in the winter, Konami plans to add iOS and Android players to cross-platform matches, and kick off a series of eSports tournaments.

Elsewhere in the thread, the studio confirmed that:
  • console and PC graphics won’t be downgraded when playing against mobile players
  • the game will include matchmaking filters so you can play against people on the same system
  • Master League mode will be added as paid DLC in the future
  • Edit Mode and Option Files will be added as a free update for PS5, PS4 and PC after launch
  • the game will have free and paid ‘Match Passes’ which let players nominate and acquire specific players based on matches played


Konami announced last month that the next game in its long-running football series would be free-to-play and have a new name.

Formerly known as Pro Evolution Soccer and Winning Eleven, eFootball has been “completely rebuilt in Unreal Engine”.

The new game will be released on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC in the Autumn, with iOS and Android versions following later.

Although the game will be free, Konami says that more content and game modes will be released after launch and some of these will cost money.

“As a digital-only title, Konami will regularly add new content and game modes after launch this Autumn,” a statement from the publisher last month read.

“In the future, certain game modes will be sold as optional DLC, giving players the freedom to build an experience that follows their interests.”

Source: VGC
 

SkylineRKR

Member
Jun 22, 2011
11,667
2,950
970
Holland
Its free. doesn't hurt. But there won't be a complete package before the season is probably halfway done. To be very honest for the last few years found the demos of PES better than the full game lol.
 
Last edited:
  • LOL
Reactions: Portugeezer

Bojanglez

The Amiga Brotherhood
Apr 16, 2007
2,552
1,997
1,540
UK
At least they are setting expectations. I guess now it is a game as a service, the idea is to get it out and iterate as fast as possible. It is just that they risk losing the good will of their existing fanbase in doing so.
 

jigglet

Member
May 18, 2020
3,391
6,108
630
When your competitor is the behemoth FIFA, shouldn't you try just a little harder?
 

SaturnSaturn

Member
Oct 30, 2018
777
1,878
465
The death of master league?
Have you tried reading the OP?
  • Master League mode will be added as paid DLC in the future

I think its fair enough, f2p for the online paypigs, and who knows what master leauge will cost, will probably be cheaper then the main game would have been
 
Last edited:
  • Praise the Sun
Reactions: Hawking Radiation

KingHippo1967

Member
Jun 2, 2009
203
22
960
You know, there's no point giving the source at the end when you're going to copy and paste the entire article.
 

MilkyJoe

Member
Jan 29, 2014
11,846
7,916
885
Meh, you only need one football game in your life

 
  • Like
Reactions: NeoIkaruGAF

bellome

Member
May 5, 2017
385
587
405
From this


to this


The thing that hurts me more is that i bought almost all Konami football games since it was called ISS, hoping this could help them developing each year a better game but this is what we get.

They are a bunch of idiots following market trends instead of focusing on what made PES a beloved franchise.

They would even make a lot of money in the short run but the risk to end up with an irrilevant IP from now on is higher than ever.
 

FunkMiller

Member
Aug 14, 2014
8,775
27,363
990
Hopefully this will die a horrible, horrible death, just like Marvel's Avengers. The more these piece of shit GaaS games fail, the less and less we'll get of them.
 
  • Like
Reactions: emilegc and bellome

CeeJay

Member
Mar 9, 2014
1,127
1,358
625
I hate that awful logo, it looks like something a financial service or payment card would use.

I think Konami have taken the GAAS model a bit too far with this, they are releasing way too bare bones and looking out too far ahead with where they want the game to be. The cross-play with mobile has made the game look like an up-ressed PS360 era game on the latest consoles and PC. With mobile being the lowest common denominator it's going to take a good few years for tech to improve and for Konami to be able to improve the visuals to anywhere near a passable standard. I hope that Konami are not expecting a return on investment for this game any time soon, they have got a long road ahead of putting more money in than they are going to be getting out until the game grows enough in content and visuals to compete with (the already lacklustre) Fifa franchise.
 

Diddy X

Member
Jan 7, 2018
1,527
1,820
440
Some games have been shit at the begining and then they blow up in popularity, you may never know.

Quality wise it's gonna be shit that for sure.
 
Last edited:

Kuranghi

Member
Apr 17, 2015
6,743
11,903
830
I hope they left the developer keys active so you can press a button and make the players fly.
 

Roman Empire

Member
May 8, 2020
580
522
310
They want money as fast as possible before customers dip out. Sports video games are such a scam for years now, why would this be any different?
 
Dec 29, 2018
5,243
15,550
765
Can't complain.

Free to play. Won't have to spend $60.

Master League paid DLC. I'm cool with that. It won't cost $60 for this mode.

🥱 Where's the outage here ?
 

TheKratos

Member
Sep 21, 2020
664
685
340
Have you tried reading the OP?
  • Master League mode will be added as paid DLC in the future

I think its fair enough, f2p for the online paypigs, and who knows what master leauge will cost, will probably be cheaper then the main game would have been

Yes I did and paid DLC makes me shiver, the quality will be less and I fear will be a stripped down version. That's my pessimistic feeling of course, let's see.
 
  • Thoughtful
Reactions: SaturnSaturn

Dibils2k

Member
Mar 22, 2015
1,771
2,630
665
  • Edit Mode and Option Files will be added as a free update for PS5, PS4 and PC after launch
man their Xbox player base must be so small. I am guessing this is because you cant import option files from external source on xbox?

This game sounds horrendous btw, all those hopes and dreams that they would use unreal engine to reinvent the game and improve on animations.... nah it was just so they could get the game on mobile and milk them for all they got aswell
 

Fbh

Member
Dec 6, 2013
17,162
14,478
1,070
Man that trailer was so sterile and boring. Felt like some dude explaining an accounting software instead of something that should be exciting.

Remember the old days Konami
 
  • Like
Reactions: NeoIkaruGAF
Oct 26, 2018
22,546
31,702
885
If this was the 360/PS3 era, every company would be telling gamers a "demo" is available to download. Hell, it's right in the file name..... XXXXX Demo.

Now, game companies release demos and try not to say it is one unless asked.
 

Twinguistics

Member
Jun 1, 2014
1,065
821
610
They need to patch in a shot clock or something to make the core gameplay less horrendously boring.

Maybe accurate, but that's what causes the boredom.

Pass sideways, pass back, sideways, back, randomly boot it forward. Goalie gets it. Massive boot upfield. Repeat for ninety minutes.
 

Keihart

Member
Jun 23, 2013
5,888
4,397
875
I'll insist that this type of games that attempt at yearly releases or several versions like fighting games can be better off with the service model for a time (hopefully not forever but something like 1 per generation).