Japan’s Konami confirmed this Wednesday, 21, the end of the traditional football game franchise ‘Pro Evolution Soccer‘, launched in the distant year of 2001.
However, this is not an end, but a move to completely update the brand. When starting with the new name, which is now ‘eFootball‘, and for the sales model: which will offer the basic content of the game for free, with cross-access (crossplay) between all platforms, including the smartphone version, until the end of December.
Check out the trailer for the new game below:
As you can see in the promotional video, ‘eFootball’ has a ‘new generation game face’. The game was developed using the Unreal Engine 4 graphics engine, a tool that is now chosen for allowing visual updates over time without a new version of the game needing to be released.
In addition, players’ movements will also be increased with the technology Motion Matching, that “converts the wide range of moves that players perform on the field into a series of animations, selecting the most accurate in real time”.
Konami also plans to include new items and content in the game by release season. Something similar to what the most popular games currently do. Strong examples of this are Fortnite, League of Legends and Call of Duty: WarZone.
Another bet is the sale of separate game modes. “In the future, certain modes will be sold as optional DLC, giving players the freedom to build an experience that follows their interests,” said Konami.
The idea is to turn “eFootball” into a service, something that has grown in the industry in recent years.
It really seems to be the beginning of a new era for virtual football. If it’s going to work, only time will tell.
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