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eFootball Adds Haptics, Adaptive Triggers, and Will Be at Gamescom

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eFootball Adds Haptics, Adaptive Triggers, and Will Be at Gamescom

After a less than stellar start to the 2021 news cycle, Konami has slowly been releasing information regarding its upcoming eFootball title. As we do around here, it’s our responsibility to keep you up-to-date on the latest and greatest, this time from Konami’s Twitter and an interview from TheLoadout.com. Below, we talk about Konami heading to Gamescom later in August, and also get a little more understanding about how eFootball will look on next-gen consoles.

Haptics And Adaptive Trigger Support

Konami has already confirmed that eFootball will be developed for consoles first:

By “taking advantage of the hardware capabilities of each supported device” Konami Senior Producer Seitaro Kimura confirms that the PS5 version will have full support for the DualSense haptics and adaptive triggers. This is a nice inclusion given how well received the adaptive triggers were for next-gen FIFA 21. The logical choice would be to tie these features to sprint and contact animations, but I’m curious to see if Konami pushes the envelope here and takes it to the next level.

Next-Gen Features

“[New-gen] consoles and high-performance PCs allow us to devote more resources to gameplay, so we’ve included a variety of elements that are not possible on mobile, such as 3D lawns, spectators’ realistic movement, cross-processing of moving kits, rich lighting, and motion blur. This is something that cannot be achieved on a mobile device.

“The sound, which is important for creating a stadium atmosphere, has been reconstructed from scratch, and the cheers and sighs of the crowd will add to the excitement of the game, too.”

One of the things that has flown under the radar amidst all the eFootball hoopla is the gameplay-related updates. Konami has always been quiet when it comes to yearly or even mid-cycle data packs, but here’s the first real mention about gameplay. I’m not quite sure how to dissect it as the move to next gen should require some resources, but perhaps here is where the benefit of moving to the Unreal Engine pays dividends. With the shared resources that Unreal offers, it looks like Konami is taking the surplus time and focusing on gameplay and increased stadium sounds.

I would appreciate it if Konami would give us back crowd chant slots like the company did in the PS3/Xbox 360 days. Sure, the licensed clubs will probably have authentic stadium sounds, but there’s only a handful of them and the immersion is short lived when you play a match in a generic environment.

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Future DLC

When Konami discussed the free-to-play model for the upcoming eFootball, most of us knew that microtransactions via an a-la-carte type of service was coming. With future modes like MyClub and Master League confirmed, it looks like we’ll have to come out of our pockets to secure access to some traditional PES staples. At what cost though?

“When asked if the total cost of all the DLC modes released over a 12-month window would be more or less than a standard edition of FIFA 22 (approximately $60), Kimura says that exact prices cannot be shared just yet. He does however say that they will be sold as premium content.”

Not much clarification here from Konami as of now. I think the majority of the PES community is on board with the free-to-play model in theory and prefer to only pay for the modes they like, but the prices could change a lot of opinions, myself included.

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Konami’s Ambitions

Konami has been second-best to EA’s FIFA franchise for quite some time now when it comes to sales. The acquisition of licenses, the explosion of FIFA Ultimate Team, and many other calculated moves have positioned FIFA atop the charts for not only sports games but all game genres. After sitting out last year and only offering an update, Konami has put it all on the line with this year’s game.

“We were working on a project to revamp the PES game engine to coincide with the release of the next generation of home game consoles such as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S,” Kimura tells The Loadout. “At the same time, we knew that we needed to meet the needs of the market by making the game free-to-play and cross-platform, allowing players to compete and cooperate across devices. Following the major changes in the game engine and business aspects, we will create an impactful esports scene with cross-platform.”

The writing was on the wall back in 2020 when Konami fully embraced esports. It’s with this in mind that the company is prioritizing cross-platform play with the hopes of bringing all of their players into the same arena. It’s a bold move by Konami, one that’s banking on the success of previously free-to-play games like Fortnite and Call of Duty Warzone. What’s different in the case of Konami is that companies like Activision have vast experience in dealing with large online multiplayer games, something Konami has struggled with when it comes to PES. Time will tell if Konami is successful at pulling off full cross-platform play.

Gamescom

Over the summer, Konami, like many other companies, pulled out of E3 citing “timing” issues. These timing issues, combined with the lackluster trailer reveal and eFootball Roadmap, point towards the game not being ready for its normal late August release. Konami’s official Twitter account has been relatively silent apart from chiming in on the Messi to PSG transfer. EA has taken a different approach with FIFA 22 by showing nearly all of their cards. Regardless, a few days ago Konami confirmed its presence at Gamescom.

The Gamescom 2021 schedule hasn’t been announced yet, but I’d expect to hear some more details about modes and companion pieces such as Edit Mode. Longtime PES spokesperson Adam Bhatti teased that more information will be dropping in late August but didn’t offer any further details about what we’ll find out.

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It’s been a few weeks of radio silence since Konami’s less than stellar reveal trailer. After the initial clean up job the next day, Konami has mostly been relying on various media outlets to release morsels of information. If the past is any indication, I wouldn’t hold my breath in hopes of major announcements, especially those centered around gameplay updates. However, I am extremely intrigued by what we’ll see at Gamescom, and as always, we’ll keep you up-to-date on all eFootball news.

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  1. Hopefully the game is good and a continuing improvement over previous titles and not a scaled down experience gameplay wise to meet the limited capabilities of mobile devices. It will be interesting to see how this plays out and if going free to play is a viable strategy for other sports game to follow. 
    The hope I had is quickly fading with each passing day. The little bits here and there aren't instilling confidence. Not talking about prices, no release dates, mentioning gameplay for consoles/PC then talking about 'rich lighting' and grass.
    Sent from my Pixel 4a (5G) using Operation Sports mobile app
    I'm just crossing my fingers that it turns out ok somehow, even though the trailer was super underwhelming.  Sounds like EA has gone all in on next gen already so I feel like it would be crazy to buy FIFA, considering I can't find a PS5 at or near MSRP.
    Been a looooooong time since I didn't have a footy game in my lineup.
    jrnlgrn
    The hope I had is quickly fading with each passing day. The little bits here and there aren't instilling confidence. Not talking about prices, no release dates, mentioning gameplay for consoles/PC then talking about 'rich lighting' and grass.
    Sent from my Pixel 4a (5G) using Operation Sports mobile app

    I think what pisses me off so much is how little information is actually coming from Konami. I think we have a lot of good posters on here (you being one of them!) that allows us to talk FIFA vs PES w/o it becoming childish but just look at how both teams handle the build-up to the release of a new game.
    Beta's
    Pitch Notes
    Interviews with devs on EA's YT channel
    etc...
    Then look at Konami
    Umm... the loadout.com ???
    No offense to the folks over there at loadout but wtf Konami. This info should be coming right from Konami and they should be giving us little nuggets weekly.
    I like '21's gameplay which is why I'm holding out hope but damn...it's hard to be a fan sometimes.
    KG
    I think what pisses me off so much is how little information is actually coming from Konami. I think we have a lot of good posters on here (you being one of them!) that allows us to talk FIFA vs PES w/o it becoming childish but just look at how both teams handle the build-up to the release of a new game.
    Beta's
    Pitch Notes
    Interviews with devs on EA's YT channel
    etc...
    Then look at Konami
    Umm... the loadout.com ???
    No offense to the folks over there at loadout but wtf Konami. This info should be coming right from Konami and they should be giving us little nuggets weekly.
    I like '21's gameplay which is why I'm holding out hope but damn...it's hard to be a fan sometimes.
    Yes! I'm a good poster! Lol
    Yeah, I may not like a lot of what FIFA/EA is but like you said leading up to a release they at least make you interested and put out info.
    Deep dives, pitch notes, blogs this is standard practice for most games at this point and Konami just refuse to do it. There are indie publishers and small studios making games that consistently keep they're players informed prior to and often during the life of a game.
    I'm contemplating just buying PES '21 for PC so I can use mods along with OF since I'm sure the community will keep it going especially if eFootball is trash. Instesd I'm stuck waiting in limbo waiting for eFootball to make a move or even commit to a date on the "future".
    Sent from my Pixel 4a (5G) using Operation Sports mobile app
    jrnlgrn
    Yes! I'm a good poster! Lol
    Yeah, I may not like a lot of what FIFA/EA is but like you said leading up to a release they at least make you interested and put out info.
    Deep dives, pitch notes, blogs this is standard practice for most games at this point and Konami just refuse to do it. There are indie publishers and small studios making games that consistently keep they're players informed prior to and often during the life of a game.
    I'm contemplating just buying PES '21 for PC so I can use mods along with OF since I'm sure the community will keep it going especially if eFootball is trash. Instesd I'm stuck waiting in limbo waiting for eFootball to make a move or even commit to a date on the "future".
    Sent from my Pixel 4a (5G) using Operation Sports mobile app

    Yeah you are a good poster lol!
    If you do go the route of PES '21 for PC let me know if you have any questions about mods. Between myself and guys like Royce, we can sort you out!
    Trust me, if eFootball does suck I'll be perfectly fine playing modded PES 21 on the PC.
    I'm actually keen as for the master league dlc. Im thinking well be pleasently surprised. I play both games, Fifa with fifers mod including gameplay mod and pes 21 with virtuared mod, Holland's gameplay mod and a commentary one too.
    But I last 2 or 3 games with Fifa and come back to pes as it's gameplay is so much better.
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    dubcity
    Hey KG, saw you on the PES Universe podcast. Good stuff, man.

    Thanks dub!
    Always have fun talking with PES folks....even if it makes me say things like "lads" for a week after.

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