«PES» successor – «eFootball» could become the new «Fifa» killer

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The “Fifa” competition game “Pro Evolution Soccer” will soon be available for free under the new title “eFootball”. Will the new model displace the virtual football giant?

Some scenes from the trailer for «eFootball».

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  • “EFootball” replaces the soccer game “Pro Evolution Soccer”.

  • The new title will appear in the fall – for free.

  • Konami worked with Lionel Messi for the remake.

  • “EFootball” could become tougher competition for “Fifa”.

This fall, the scene around the popular football simulations could be shaken up a little. “Pro Evolution Soccer” (“PES” for short) has always been overshadowed by “Fifa”. Now the Konami developers are daring a realignment: From now on, “PES” will be published free of charge under the new title “eFootball”.

Superstar Lionel Messi even helped develop the game (see video). Many “Fifa” veterans have long wanted a free-to-play model. Nevertheless, little is known and there is a cautious joy among the fans, because how much the additional content will ultimately cost remains open.

Will “Fifa” now also be free-to-play?

A free model brings many new players on board. Be it casual gamers or professionals who dare to try again. Tomas Temperli, coach of the Swiss eNati, which consists of e-athletes from “Fifa” and “PES”, thinks the approach is good. “Nevertheless, some important information is still missing, such as how crossplay is implemented,” he says.

Tomas Temperli (front right) and the eNational team.

Swiss credit

One could not judge yet, there is no demo with which the players can form an opinion. “Our team will monitor the development and make appropriate team adjustments as soon as the game appears,” says Temperli. The eNati coach also expects that “Fifa” will take the same route to free-to-play in the 2023 version.

Community decides

In Switzerland, “Fifa” is one of the most popular games of all, so “eFootball” is likely to attract attention in this country. Nico Filisetti, project manager at eStudios, says: “I’m sure that there will be casual players and one or the other ‘FIFA’-Player will check it out. But pushing ‘FIFA’ off the throne will be a great challenge. ”

Whether a new era will actually emerge depends on the community and whether the game meets or even exceeds expectations for esports. At the eStudios, however, Swiss tournaments are quick to start if the “eFootball” scene should grow.

In any case, Konami has promised a release for autumn on all common consoles – including mobile phones.

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