Following previous rumours several weeks ago, Konami's now confirmed that Pro Evolution Soccer is going free-to-play and digital only. Calling it "eFootball", that's coming to PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC via Steam, with iOS and Android editions following soon after.
Built on Unreal Engine 4, Konami confirms they'll share further gameplay details next month, but we've got some information now. At launch, it'll feature cross-generation matckmaking - so PS4 and PS5, alongside Xbox Series and Xbox One - but plans to later implement full cross-play, initially between consoles and PC, before incorporating mobile platforms in the Winter.
Pro Evolution Soccer Becomes eFootball, Goes Free-To-Play This Autumn
You can find the full roadmap above but in the meantime, Konami's also detailed a new "Motion Matching" system within eFootball, stating:
Motion Matching converts the vast range of movements that players make on the pitch into a series of animations, selecting the most accurate one in real-time. The system provides more than four times as many animations as before, achieving highly realistic movement," Konami continued. Motion Matching will be utilised across all eFootball platforms, including last-gen consoles, PCs and mobile.
Of course, it wouldn't be a free-to-play experience without a
Battle Pass Match Pass, either. That allows you to earn items and players by progressing through the game. However, individual game modes will be sold as DLC later on, though we don't know how much for. Mobile players can also expect full controller support later on, and eSports tournaments are in the works.