Recently, 433 posted a pretty hilarious eFootball video on Twitter that literally made me LMAO. The Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, which bought Newcastle United, a British soccer club in the Premier League, is worth around $320B. That's a lot of money, huh?
Its owner, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, colloquially known as MBS, is a Saudi Arabian politician who is the crown prince, deputy prime minister, and minister of defense of Saudi Arabia. He also serves as the chairman of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs and chairman of the Council of Political and Security Affairs. With that much money and influence, Newcastle United is now able to sign as many soccer stars as they want. But M'bappe and Haaland? Thanos, Iron Man, and Hulk? That's insane, man.
Jokes aside, let' take a look at the recently released multiplayer soccer simulation game, eFootball 2022.
eFootball 2022 with Latest News
eFootball is a football simulation video game developed and published by Konami. It is a free-to-play game after being completely rebranded from the original Pro Evolution Soccer (known as Winning Eleven in Japan) series to the eFootball series. The game's first season, entitled eFootball 2022, was released on 30 September 2021. At launch, eFootball was panned by critics for its graphics, controls, and lack of content.
Konami decided to completely rebrand the Pro Evolution Soccer series with a free-to-play edition this year and it was met with a furious response. Many believe the game wasn't finished at launch and Konami quickly got to work on Version 1.0.0, which would bring major fixes. However, a statement published in the early hours of this morning has indicated that won't be happening.
Neymar becomes PES ambassador
The official eFootball Twitter account has announced that Neymar Jr has become the newest ambassador for the eFootball series.
eFootball will be available worldwide first on PlayStation5, PlayStation4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows 10, and PC Steam. It will then become available on iOS and Android soon after.
As you might know, Konami has opted to switch engine for PES 2022, moving to Epic's Unreal.
In an interview with Konami's Seitaro Kimura, producer on the eFootball PES series, he pointed to a few examples of how Unreal has already helped the development process.
One specific example is that with Unreal Engine, designers can take on various tasks without programmers’ help by using Blueprint.
By doing so, we believe that we can improve the production speed, improve the skills of individual designers, and receive many other benefits.
Unreal Engine Graphics
Another aspect that will be greatly improved with Unreal Engine is the graphics.
The image above shows how Messi could look in PES 2022 with Unreal Engine - practically the same as in real life!
Fans are very excited at the prospect of having near-perfect in-game features for the top players around the world.
Fans couldn't be more excited for Konami's next release, with PES 2022 set to arrive on a brand new engine and with loads of new licensed teams!
Konami said that PES 2022 will bring “staggering improvements to all areas of the game”, including more realistic player models and animations, enhanced physics, and photorealistic visuals.
There are “large updates” in the works for both MyClub and Master League as well, Konami added.
New PES licensed clubs
As things stand, Konami still has deals in place with plenty of footballing heavyweights.
The flagship club is Juventus, which does not appear in any other game thanks to their agreement with Konami.
Barcelona and Bayern Munich have also been strong flag bearers for PES over the years, with both club's stadiums - the Nou Camp and Allianz Arena, exclusive to PES 2021.
PES 2021 Partner Clubs
- Barcelona (stadium exclusive)
- Bayern Munich (stadium exclusive)
- Juventus (exclusive)
- Atalanta (exclusive)
- Manchester United
- Roma (exclusive)
- Lazio (stadium exclusive)
- Napoli (*NEW*)
- Celtic (stadium exclusive)
- Rangers (stadium exclusive)
- Zenit St Petersburg (exclusive)
- River Plate (exclusive)
- Boca Juniors (exclusive)
PES fans will be now be wondering, will eFootball have the rights to the same clubs as PES?
Well, I think so. With Konami recently adding Italian clubs Atalanta and Napoli to their roster, we shouldn't see too much change in the licenses.
Well, are you disappointed in the new eFootball installment? Or are you still looking forward to the 1.0.0 patch?