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Konami has announced that Pro Evolution Soccer is no more, and that its long-running football series has a new name and approach. The venerable football games of the Japanese developer began with the names of Winning 11 (International Superstar Soccer abroad) and, from 2001, the name was Pro Evolution Soccer, which for a long time and particularly in the 2000s was simply a much better game than FIFA. Konami has long used the eFootball brand alongside PES, but now it will only be eFootball.
The annual release cycle has also been removed. Instead, eFootball will be a free "football platform" powered by DLC, which will launch on the computer this fall. It has been built with Unreal Engine and features cross-games with consoles and mobile players. Mobile players, in case you are wondering, will only be able to play cross-mode with a controller.
The press release explains the DLC model: "Local matches with FC Barcelona, Juventus, FC Bayern, Manchester United and others will be available for free at launch. In the future, certain game modes will be they will be sold as an optional DLC, which will allow players the freedom to build an experience that follows their interests. "
In Konami’s revelation, he emphasizes the review he believes is done with individual encounters. The video above shows football gods like Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta talking about dribbling and decision making, interspersed with images of eFootball showing what is called the "motion matching" animation system.
It sounds similar to what EA does with FIFA 22 and what it calls “HyperMotion,” with one big exception. HyperMotion is exclusive to the new consoles and will not appear in the PC version, while the eFootball version for PC is the big guy. "Motion matching" turns the wide range of movements that players make on the field of play into a series of animations, selecting the most accurate in real time. The system provides more than four times as many animations as before, achieving a very realistic movement. " Motion matching will be used on all eFootball platforms. "
"Starting with the solid foundations of Unreal Engine, which has allowed us to massively revise the expression of players, we have made several modifications to create virtually a new football game engine that will drive eFootball over the next few years. years, "says Seitaro Kimura, the series' producer and longtime PES developer. "Working closely with elite footballers, eFootball offers our most tense and realistic game to date."
Konami & # 39; s also released a roadmap of its plans for post-game support.
It should be noted that Konami has abandoned its own internal FOX engine for eFootball, which is clearly capable of producing great games but seems to have been a bit underused. The platform’s approach means that eFootball will be constantly updated instead of having new versions, with larger updates simultaneously with the start of major football seasons and tournaments.
At launch, however, eFootball looks set to be a bit sparse. The roadmap shows that there will be 9 clubs to play as in the exhibition matches, with other modes coming later and probably as paid DLC. There’s also what looks like a battle pass called a match pass, but features of the series like MyClub (PES’s FIFA Ultimate Team) or race mode aren’t mentioned yet. However, you will be able to customize and share equipment as PES has always allowed.
I hope eFootball works for Konami and I hope it's great. The decline of PES or Pro Evo has been so hard to see. In the late 90's, ISS and particularly ISS Deluxe were simply the best and had a huge character in their unofficial interpretations of the great footballers: I will never forget those pixel art recreations of Roberto Baggio (& # 39; Galfano & # 39 ;! ) And Fabrizio Ravanelli, nor the magnificent feel and rhythm of these games. Over the next decade, the series really flourished as Pro Evolution Soccer, with a particular golden age on PS2 (Pro Evolution Soccer 3 is a 10/10 and that’s a fact) that coincided with EA’s loss of path and FIFA.
The Pro Evo 3 will always be the best football match, simply because its cover featured Italian referee Pierluigi Collina with error and terrifying eyes instead of some Real Madrid strikers.
PES always had a tough challenge with FIFA, and even when EA's games weren't that good, the brand made sure they were still selling. And when PES began to experience its own hesitations, FIFA was in order. Modern FIFA is excellent, has been around for almost FIFA 10 and is one of the commercial jugglers in the industry. Once PES was not objectively the best game, it went from being a small but healthy competitor to an equally competitive one.
You could see FIFA slowly suffocating PES over the last decade. Around the time of FIFA 11 or 12, I interviewed the manager of a local game store about other topics. Since we were both football fans, the PES / FIFA issue came up and he was a PES fan. He told me with great sadness that for every copy of PES they sold there would be fifty FIFA.
Therefore, it cannot be said that Konami has made a wrong decision. If this series wants to live, it may need a new beginning, a new identity, and a new approach. But for me, Pro Evolution Soccer is the best football game series there has ever been, and I can’t see it without a tear in my eye. Good night sweet prince, and thank you for the memories.