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PES is no more as Konami have confirmed the series will now be known as 'eFootball' from this day onwards.
Starting with this year's game, which will be released in autumn, will be free-to-play and only available in a digital capacity - meaning there will be no more physical copies.
eFootball will be launched on all good consoles such as PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and Xbox One as well Windows 10 and PC this autumn, before it makes its way to IOS and Android.
At launch, cross-generation matchmaking will be available and when winter rolls around, that will then progress to complete cross-platform play so that Xbox and PlayStation players can mix it up.
PES 22 unveiled as eFootball- PESUniverse (@PesUniverse) July 21, 2021
New brand, new direction, new game engine.
Free to play
Cross play (fully added post launch)
Named eFootball pic.twitter.com/e0LW6X9vNS
On release, huge clubs like Barcelona, Juventus, FC Bayern, and Manchester United will be playable thanks to Konami's official licensing contracts.
They have drafted in Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr as ambassadors for eFootball, with Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta named as "official advisors"
Konami shared an official reveal trailer on YouTube as well as a detailed roadmap for the next few months under a new name and with different branding.
The first game under the eFootball banner will use Unreal Engine and include an all-new technology called "Motion Matching".
"The system provides more than four times as many animations as before, achieving highly realistic movement," Konami said in a press release.
"Motion Matching will be utilised across all eFootball platforms, including last-gen consoles, PCs and mobile."
Although free, some game modes not yet named will be used as optional downloadable content.
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