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eFootball 2022

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Sports
Developer: Konami
Release Date: Sept. 30, 2021

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The eFootball Franchise Signs Exclusivity Agreement With Mexican Club America, eSports Partnership

by Rainier on May 11, 2022 @ 11:50 a.m. PDT

Free-to-play and completely rebuilt in Unreal Engine, eFootball is an all-new football simulation platform from the makers of PES and Winning Eleven.

A new brand identity for a new generation of consoles and players, eFootball represents a fresh approach for the long-running franchise, previously known as Pro Evolution Soccer and Winning Eleven.

Thanks to the greatly evolved football game engine, the animation system has also been overhauled. New technology called "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. “Motion Matching” will be utilised across all eFootball platforms, including last-gen consoles, PCs and mobile.

Ensuring that eFootball is an experience that everyone can enjoy, Konami’s new football game is free-to-play across console, PC and mobile. Importantly, eFootball will also present a fair and balanced experience for all players. More details about gameplay and online modes will be revealed in late August.

As a digital-only title, Konami will regularly add new content and game modes after launch this Autumn. Local matches featuring FC Barcelona, Juventus, FC Bayern, Manchester United and others will be available, for free, at launch. In the future, certain game modes will be sold as optional DLC, giving players the freedom to build an experience that follows their interests.

Uniting football’s global gaming community for the first time, eFootball will offer the same highly realistic esports experience across console, PC and mobile, including full cross-play support post-launch.

Konami Digital Entertainment announced its collaboration with Club América bringing Las Águilas and the developers of the eFootball video game series together in an exclusive video game partnership.

In addition to the Official Football Video Game Partner designation, Konami will also be the Official Football Video Game eSports Partner of Club América and add to the ecosystem of the sharply burgeoning scene in Mexico. Additionally, Konami will have rights to the uniform, names, physical likenesses of players and all other iconography associated with Club América for in-game and other promotional use. This allows Konami to use 3D scanning technology to bring stunning representations of each player and the home of Club América, Estadio Azteca to life in eFootball. Other marketing benefits include eFootball branding in Club América’s promotional spaces.

“We’re delighted to partner with a great video game developer such as Konami. Besides sharing the same vision and passion in this amazing sport, this solid eFootball franchise will help us expand our reach in the global football community” said Santiago Baños, president of Club América.

Following Konami's recent exclusive licensing agreement with LIGA BBVA MX, the partnership adds an extra layer of engagement to América supporters globally when it arrives in-game later this year.

"Club América's popularity in Mexico and the United States is unquestioned and we are proud to partner with one of the most successful clubs in the history of Mexico and Latin America," said Yuta Kose, President, Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. "Our continued effort to provide football supporters in North America a fun and engaging experience with their favorite players is exemplified with this new partnership." 

At the heart of eFootball is eFootball World, where players can enjoy matches with real-life teams

Offline Matches

  • Play against the AI or a friend offline with nine fully authentic clubs to choose from: FC Barcelona, FC Bayern München, Juventus, Manchester United, Arsenal FC, SC Corinthians Paulista, CR Flamengo, CA River Plate, São Paulo FC
  • Choose from six stadiums: Camp Nou, Old Trafford, Allianz Stadium, Emirates Stadium, Allianz Arena, eFootball Stadium

Online Events

  • Experience cross-generation matchmaking (PS5 vs. PS4, Xbox Series X|S vs. Xbox One) with weekly online events using pre-set teams, providing rewards such as GP

Konami is honored that Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr., two of the greatest footballers of all time, will become global ambassadors for eFootball. In addition, Andrés Iniesta and Gerard Piqué have been closely involved in development as official advisors for offensive and defensive gameplay, respectively.

eFootball is available for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC (Win10 and Steam).

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