Konami replaces Pro Evolution Soccer with free-to-play eFootball

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Konami has made some dramatic changes to its long-running football franchise, dropping the Pro Evolution Soccer branding for eFootball and making the game a free-to-play affair.

The Japanese publisher will launch eFootbal this autumn as a download-only game that it plans to expand over time, seemingly veering away from the annualised release schedule as well.

The new eFootball, continuing the new brand introduced in 2019, is still developed by the same team behind PES (or Winning Eleven, as it’s known in Japan) and has been rebuilt from the ground up in Unreal Engine.

It launches on PlayStation 5,

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