PES renamed eFootball, launching this autumn as free-to-play digital-only title

By Sean Carey,
Konami is officially dropping the PES name from its flagship football franchise and has announced eFootball, a "next-generation, free-to-play football simulation experience."

The new game launches as a digital-only title in autumn for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC, and with mobile versions following soon after. Konami says that thanks to a new engine built off the foundations of the Unreal Engine, animation in the football sim has been overhauled. A new technology called Motion Matching allows for four times as many animations as before to achieve realistic movement on the pitch. This sounds similar to EA's HyperMotion technology used in FIFA 22.

Konami has also published a roadmap for eFootball, which reveals that local matches featuring clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal, Juventus, FC Barcelona, and others will be available for free at launch (certain game modes will be sold as optional DLC), along with cross-generation matchmaking between consoles families (full cross-play follows in the winter).

eFootball roadmap

Early Autumn:
  • All-new gameplay experience, powered by Unreal® Engine
  • Cross-generation matchmaking (i.e. PlayStation®5 vs. PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S vs. Xbox One)
  • Local Matches featuring FC Barcelona, Juventus, FC Bayern, Manchester United and more
  • Cross-platform matchmaking between consoles and PC (i.e. PlayStation®5 vs. Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®5 vs. PC Steam®, etc.)
  • Team Building Mode (Name TBC) opened – build your own team by acquiring players
  • Online Leagues (Name TBC) opened – take your original team and compete in a global, competitive league
  • Match Pass system – earn items and players by playing eFootball™
  • Mobile controller support added
  • Full cross-platform matchmaking across all available platforms including mobile, when using a compatible controller
  • Professional and amateur esports tournaments kick-off
Konami has promised to share more on eFootball and gameplay in August.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey, I’m Sean! I joined both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies as a staff writer in 2019. I’m a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid series and love a good narrative adventure. Most evenings you’ll find me failing to get a win in Call of Duty: Warzone.