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PES is dead, replaced by the F2P ‘football platform’ eFootball

PES is dead, replaced by the F2P 'football platform' eFootball

Konami has announced that Pro Evolution Soccer is no more, and that its long-running football series has a new name and focus. The venerable japanese developer’s football games began under the names of Winning 11 (International Superstar Soccer abroad) and then from 2001 the name was Pro Evolution Soccer, which for a long time and particularly in the 2000s was simply a much better game than FIFA. Konami’s been using the eFootball branding alongside PES for a while, but now it’s just going to be eFootball.

The annual release cycle has been binned, too. Instead eFootball will be a free-to-play ‘football platform’ fuelled by DLC, launching this Autumn on PC. It’s been built on Unreal Engine and features crossplay with console and mobile players. Mobile players, in case you’re wondering, will only be allowed to crossplay with a controller.

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