Konami has announced the release date of eFootball, which will be available on PC on September 30, along with a rather unnecessary brand change of the game as eFootball 2022. eFootball itself is a brand change and a new image, with this play on the "football platform" is the editor's main attempt to bring the acclaimed Pro Evolution Soccer series to life. The question is whether it is ready to begin.
You can download and play eFootball 2022 at the end of the month, but after that date several aspects will follow, in an important update that is scheduled for sometime in the fall. The game at launch will include the eFootball World hub, from where players can play in offline or online matches (including tournaments) with a selection of nine clubs and six stadiums. There are some great players among the teams available: Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, as well as Arsenal. But nine clubs? It seems like a positively anemic selection.
The saving grace, in theory, should be the personalization of teams that was always at the heart of this series, in this case a mode called Creative Teams. That won't happen until the fall update, which is a nuisance, although what the developers promise seems to have potential: "Get footballers and coaches to match your favorite formations and tactics, and then train them. strengthen them to play against players from all over the world.In eFootball 2022, players will be able to sign up for the signings they want most, making team building more accessible.Choose a base team from one of more than 600 clubs / teams licensed to use their true shield, equipment and stadium, before building your dream team ".
I'm a little confused why the launch of eFootball is done with nine clubs and it seems to drop 591 more in a month or two. Only Konami knows that. Then the team you create can enter Creative League mode, where you play against others and rank the leagues online up and down, with rewards.
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If the description of Creative Teams made you think of FIFA Ultimate Team and cared about revenue, eFootball does not fail to emphasize that its new model is "rebalanced to ensure that all players can reach the same potential, regardless of how they acquire elements of the game. "You will have a standard" match pass "for all players and you can pay to unlock one with more rewards and more elegant. These things will also come in the fall update, and as always, we’ll have to see how the promises are shaken.
It is unclear which of the eFootball modes will be shown live at launch and which ones follow this legendary update. Among the modalities will be the fast online match, an online lobby to organize matches with teammates, challenge events in which you play and try to meet certain goals and some kind of tour mode against AI teams where you can eliminate the “points of ‘event’, whatever they may be.
The ad goes down in slang around the various coins in the game. Players can sign up for your creative team "with eFootball (Chance Deal article) or GP (nomination contract article) coins". Excuse me what? In addition, there are eFootball points. Coins are the premium currency, while GP and points are the ones you earn by playing. The players themselves are rated from standard to featured to legendary, which sounds a bit FUT-ish, but we'll see how it works in practice soon enough.
The announcement ended up outlining future plans, which presumably go beyond our fall update. They include an edit mode for full customization of equipment, kits, and players, various game updates (including "special kicks"), and cross-platform combination between PCs, consoles, and mobiles.
"Because 'eFootball' is the name of our general platform, 'eFootball 2022' is the official title of our first season of content," says Seitaro Kimura, producer of eFootball. "Platform updates that offer new features, such as cross-platform compatibility and mobile driver support, will be released frequently in the coming months and will always be free. Future content and game mode updates will be offered to players such as to free or premium options, we look forward to the players coming out on the field and receiving their feedback. "
The full announcement of the eFootball launch is here. and here’s everything we know about the game.