Pro Evolution Soccer to become eFootbal, adopts a freemium business model

PES changes its name to eFootball and brings a change in its game engine


FIFA and PES are renowned names in the field of soccer video games. They had managed to stand out even when the market is filled with similar games. Now in a somewhat surprising decision, the soccer games giant PES is changing its name into eFootball and is changing its platform to a free-to-play model.

Konami that owns the game clarifies their stand by arguing that a change in the game engine perfected the visuals and more in the game’s performance. The new engine will be beyond that of PES and will have an “original virtual” football environment. This is what made them change their name to eFootball. This change in the game engine will also allow the system to create a single experience in all the supported platforms. The new model will also allow matches in between different platforms but that update will not be provided soon. They have shared a route map where the matches can initially be played between different generations of the same console, then between consoles and PCs and finally between all devices. Now the game will be available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows, iOS, and Android.

The change from a paid platform to a free platform has disturbed some but the company assures a fair ecosystem where the game is almost available free with optional modes sold as DLCs. The updated version will arrive soon and will feature local matches between famous clubs. It will take some time for the next-gen PES to come out fully for the fans to try out.