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Konami Clarifies Some eFootball Rumors, Confirms Option Files Will Still Exist

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Konami Clarifies Some eFootball Rumors, Confirms Option Files Will Still Exist

This morning, Konami decided to answer some questions the company has been receiving. As always, we’re on top of all the eFootball news so let’s get into what Konami had to say.

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Q: Is eFootball™ just a mobile game for consoles?

A: eFootball™ is developed first for consoles but is a platform for everyone to enjoy. The game will take full advantage of the hardware capabilities of each supported device.

One of the more frightening rumors, one that was exasperated by the Online Performance Test, was that eFootball was going to basically be a mobile game at its core and therefore developed primarily for mobile devices. Konami here restates its thinking (Producer Seitaro Kimura has already addressed this on IGN here). For those of us with next-gen consoles, this is a reassuring note.


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Q: Will next-gen graphics be downgraded to play against mobile users?

A: We will make graphical adjustments to the mobile version but the next-generation graphics on consoles and PC will not be downgraded.

More reassurance here from Konami as the company states that the consoles/PC versions won’t be scaled down graphically to accommodate for inferior mobile devices. Although it hasn’t been confirmed, the PC version of eFootball has been rumored to be a scaled-down version — as will be the case with FIFA 22 and EA’s decision to not implement the new HyperMotion feature on the PS4/Xbox One/PC.

As it relates to PCs, the issue is about making the PC version that accommodates the majority of PC users and not just those who have superior rigs. If eFootball is about accessibility and reach, then this strategy makes sense.


Q: Can you turn off or filter cross-platform matchmaking?

A: We will include multiple filters for matchmaking based on location and platform.

Here, Konami clears up a lot of confusion regarding matchmaking and the possibility of scaling graphics and overall experiences to potentially less powerful devices. Matchmaking for the next-gen devices might be more difficult as supplies are still relatively low but that’s not a problem we can tie back to Konami.


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Q: Is “Early Autumn” launch basically a demo?

A: In many ways, yes. We want people to get hands-on with eFootball™ as soon as possible, so we will launch with a limited number of teams and modes. Exact details to follow.

Looking at the PES roadmap Konami provided during the trailer reveal implied that the fall release of eFootball was basically the equivalent of a demo, and here Konami confirms our suspicions. Things are going to be really interesting come “Early Autumn” and, if we’re being honest, I don’t expect anything that resembles a smooth release by Konami. Between the traditionally poor PR and subpar online experience, the odds are that eFootball stumbles out of the blocks, hopefully picking up steam as time moves forward.


Q: What exactly will be free-to-play at launch?

A: During “Early Autumn”, eFootball™ will have no micro-transactions – so everything will be free-to-play at launch. We will then add more content during “Autumn”. Exact content details to follow.

As I expected, eFootball will launch with free-to-play modes. If Konami’s strategy was to increase its reach, then offering those early adopters free access is a smart move. On the flip side, Konami’s modes and gameplay are going to have to be strong in order for folks to keep the game. As with a lot of free apps/games, the tendency to move away and delete a free app/game is high because buyer’s remorse has been removed.


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Q: Can I play against the CPU/AI from “Early Autumn”?

A: Yes, Local Match will include this.

Another area of concern from the offline PES crowd centered around the possibility that Konami would be removing “Local Match” modes as the company migrates towards “player vs. player” modes. I’m sure playing what will essentially be a “demo” will get stale, but at least the option hasn’t been removed. Just maybe one of these days Konami will replace “Local Match” with “Exhibition” as well. Actually, tackling the entire Japanese to English translations would be a great little detail Konami could address.


Q: Will there be support for Edit Mode / Option Files?

A: We are planning to add Edit Mode / Option Files as a free update for PS5, PS4 and PC after the initial release. Exact details to follow.

Option Files will still be available. PES has always been a game that the community takes to the next level. Without many of the prominent licenses FIFA has, Konami has relied on the community to bridge the gap between EA and PES. If it weren’t for sites such as PES Universe, many of us, myself included, might struggle to play a generic game of footy. Hopefully the release of Edit Mode coincides with the eFootball full release.


Q: When will Master League be added to eFootball™?

A: Master League will be available as premium downloadable content in the future. Please wait for further announcements.

So Master League will be included, but what is this “premium” part you’re referring to Konami? To me, it sounds like we’ll have to pay money for Master League, which I’m not opposed to. If I have to shell out $20 or even $30 for a Master League mode without having to fork over additional money for modes I don’t play like MyClub then that’s a nice incentive for me and puts some extra money back into my pocket. Again, the gameplay has to be good and build off eFootball PES 2021 Season Update and be fully optimized for the PS5 instead of the mobile version.


Q: Can you sign players without special agents?

A: Previous games had a strong “lottery element”, but eFootball™ lets you nominate and acquire your favourite players with Match Pass, a system to receive items based on matches played. Free & Paid Match Passes will be available.

For the MyClub lovers out there, Konami is going to incentivize MyClub based on the number of matches you play, but it is still offering you a free version of Match Pass. It’s nice to know that MyClub won’t be a straight cash grab, but much like FIFA’s Ultimate Team, in order to compete at the highest levels you’re probably going to need to spend some money on microtransactions.


Konami could have saved itself quite a bit of bad press had the company released some of today’s information during the official trailer release. Nevertheless, we’re here now, in the beginning of August, which means we’re a month away from the launch release. Until that time, here’s to hoping that Konami releases more information.

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  1. The answer to the downgraded graphics i just cant wrap my head around. If they truly are next gen they would have to be monumentaly better than whats been shown. The shorts in that trailer look lije PS2 days.  If im taking them at their word from this article and they truly are better , I gotta ask. Whos decision was it to show what they showed? It just doesnt make sense. What they showed is bad. They had to have known PES fans would be jumping off bridges after that trailer.
    For me, they still haven't cleared anything up. They are still being super vague about everything. And just doubling down on things they've already said without actually clarifying anything. More info to follow.
    How is nothing ready for this game. The IRL season will have started and then maybe sometime between the end of August and December maybe there will be something other than a glorified demo that took 2 years to make.
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    jrnlgrn
    How is nothing ready for this game. The IRL season will have started and then maybe sometime between the end of August and December maybe there will be something other than a glorified demo that took 2 years to make.
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    Have been thinking the same thing. Nearly two years in, the game is going to be released piecemeal, and they don't really have s**t to show(?). What the h**l have they been doing(?). This was my most anticipated next gen game until the "reveal". Hope it turns out way better than anticipated, but it's doubtful.
    CujoMatty
    The answer to the downgraded graphics i just cant wrap my head around. If they truly are next gen they would have to be monumentaly better than whats been shown. The shorts in that trailer look lije PS2 days.* If im taking them at their word from this article and they truly are better , I gotta ask. Whos decision was it to show what they showed? It just doesnt make sense. What they showed is bad. They had to have known PES fans would be jumping off bridges after that trailer.

    Yeah I really want to know who the hell OK'd THAT trailer. It did way more to hurt the impression of the game than it did help.
    Zac
    For me, they still haven't cleared anything up. They are still being super vague about everything. And just doubling down on things they've already said without actually clarifying anything. More info to follow.

    Yeah I think they're walking the thin line now of trying or wanting to say more but balancing it against "we don't want to promise anything because we might not be able to pull it off".
    jrnlgrn
    How is nothing ready for this game. The IRL season will have started and then maybe sometime between the end of August and December maybe there will be something other than a glorified demo that took 2 years to make.
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    Yeah that part to me is crazy, BUT (and I'm not making excuses here for Konami) but I wonder if they lost development time due to COVID. EA said during one of their dev insights this year that they lost time in their 11v11 motion capture due to it. But on the flipside they said this move was in their mind 3 years ago. New engine + New Console(s) was probably already too much for Konami to bite off but now they've doubled-down on it by trying full-out crossplay??????
    TerryP
    Have been thinking the same thing. Nearly two years in, the game is going to be released piecemeal, and they don't really have s**t to show(?). What the h**l have they been doing(?). This was my most anticipated next gen game until the "reveal". Hope it turns out way better than anticipated, but it's doubtful.

    I think ESBC Boxing has surpassed PES as my most anticipated game but damn...I was looking forward to this game. I am still holding out hope though and tbh I don't envision myself playing too much of online vs non-PS5 players so hopefully gameplay will be built off 2021 Season Update which I like.
    I do find the lack of solid dates and details for Master League worrying considering its a marquee mode (and pretty much the only mode I play).
    All I wanted from this game was next gen graphics, tweaks to gameplay and overhauled offline modes and it doesn't look like this game will provide this.
    Honestly, it's actually hilarious that they even released a trailer so bad they've had to clarify things. It was a 6 minute video!
    fugazi
    I mean...a decent port of WE9 or PES2009 would suffice at this point.

    Agreed! BTW, any chance your screen name is reference to an album of the same name from '84(?). If not, please never mind.

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