Konami’s eFootball won’t be getting PES’s beloved Master League mode until 2023, and fans will have to pay for it.
eFootball’s official Twitter account revealed its plans for the game going forward, including a breakdown of what’s free and what isn’t, and detailing what’s coming this summer, winter, and then next year.
The only content listed for 2023 so far is Master League – a mode that fans were already surprised to see missing from the game’s official launch – but it’s not the only content that will cost players money.
– The number of teams that can be used in leagues and club teams will be expanded and distributed as additional paid content by the end of 2022
– Master League will be available as additional paid content during 2023
— eFootball (@play_eFootball) May 31, 2022
“The number of teams that can be used in leagues and club teams will be expanded and distributed as additional paid content by the end of 2022,” the tweet said.
Also on the schedule is the Lobby Match mode, that lets players create rooms online and play matches with their Dream Teams, which is expected this summer as a free update.
Cross-platform support across consoles and PC will be available later in winter, as well as “some editing functions”, though the tweet didn’t explain what these would be.
eFootball’s Twitter said these updates were in response to fan feedback meaning they’re likely not the only new features coming to the game between now and next year.
Konami has already announced that version 1.1.0, which is available on June 2, will improve the win/loss decision-making in online matches, enhance server capacity, and set the foundations for compatibility between the console and new mobile versions of eFootball.
The April 1.0.0 update to eFootball that marked its official launch was the development team’s attempt to “regain the trust” of players after a pretty disastrous pre-release version launched in October (that IGN said was awful).
The official release didn’t improve a lot, however, as in our 4/10 review, IGN said: “Yes, at least eFootball 2022 does now have a fully-fledged mode to take it past the point of being a demo, but it’s still lacking so much more than you’d expect from a 1.0 version of a game.”
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Source: IGN Video Games All