It’s a very sad day for all football video game lovers: Pro Evolution Soccer is disappearing. Launched in 1995 under the name of International Superstar Soccer in Europe – Winning Eleven in Japan – then renamed at the dawn of the 2000s in Pro Evolution Soccer, the video game saga will stop at its 27th episode after 16 years of existence. to make way for a newcomer, eFootball.
The timing is well chosen, because it follows the disclosure of the first trailer for the new FIFA, the 22, which did not convince many people. Longtime rivals, mainly in the heart of the 2000s, the two games also see their competition stop here. Because sales will no longer be at the heart of the battle.
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In this little game, FIFA had taken the advantage at the turn of the 2010s. There was no longer a war to wage, but to choose a new direction. This one is all found: it will be the online multiplayer game and e-sport competitions, of which PES, more focused on simulation, has always been a good customer. In 2019, the game became E-Football PES. A hybrid and failed name, but a foretaste of the revolution to come.
Neymar joins Messi
Konami is therefore not stopping the football video game, you get that right. But the Japanese publisher marks a break by abandoning the game paying per unit to move towards the field of “Free-to-Play”, a game completely free and accessible to all people with a gaming machine.
Owners of an eighth generation home console (PS4, Xbox One and One X), the Next-Gen (PS5, X Box Series S and X), a computer or mobile devices (phone, tablet) will be able to enjoy the game without paying. Obviously, the title will offer so-called “in-game” purchases, which will make it formidable for wallets. But these purchases will be at the will of each one. The publisher will offer several launch phases for its different game modes.
Tuesday, Konami had put a first in his garden by announcing the signing of Neymar as the new ambassador of the game. A strong choice that will appeal to more than one, given the popularity of the Brazilian. For the game part, it is always Lionel Messi who is the figurehead of the license. Opposite, Kylian Mbappé has become the standard bearer of the FIFA saga since last year. There is always a battle, but it is marketing.
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