Yesterday, gaming publisher Konami announced eFootball will be the name of all Pro Evolution Soccer titles moving forward. However, a different name wasn’t the only change Konami announced.
Instead of carrying a price tag and getting a physical release, eFootball will be a free-to-play and digital-only game. According to Konami, the idea is to provide a “fair and balanced experience,” regardless of the platform.
To that end, eFootball will support cross-play sometime after launch. In addition to PlayStation and Xbox consoles, the game will launch on PC, Android, and iOS. Konami didn’t say if the game will include any form of cross-progression.
That said, the publisher plans to update the game over time with new content. At launch, local matches between FC Barcelona, Juventus, FC Bayern, Manchester United, and others will be available. Konami will eventually offer “certain game modes” as paid DLC.
Finally, Konami announced eFootball will use Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4. PES titles released since 2014 used Konami’s proprietary Fox Engine. According to the publisher, the transition to the Unreal Engine 4 will allow for overhauled player expressions.
eFootball will launch on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC this fall. The game will also launch on Android and iOS at a later date.