Although the direction that the Pro Evolution Soccer series would take was already known, the announcement of eFootball 2022 surprised everyone by the news. Mainly because it is a totally free game for PS4, Xbox One, PC and the next generation consoles PS5 and Xbox Series X | S, but it promises many updates in the coming months. Konami’s game launches on September 30, although we already we have been able to see it in motion in a meeting with developers Klaus Ganer, spokesperson for eFootball gameplay, and Owen Adkins, part of the Konami team.
How could it be otherwise, Konami has focused on improve gameplay with new tactics to achieve a more direct football, but without losing realism. The gameplay of the new eFootball 2022 was one of the biggest unknowns of the game, but they have solved some doubts for us. Three essential concepts stand out about the behavior of the team with the ball on the pitch. On the one hand, the quick counterattack with a lot of verticality in the game, an advanced defensive line, high pressure and recovery of possession. This results in a faster scrolling and more surprising scoring chances.
However, when these conditions are not met, it is also possible to change the tactics and be more Amarrategui. Recovering the ball in the own field and making long passes to the back of the defense is a valid option. In this case the pressure is not so high and the defensive line waits further back. As a third tactic, the game can focus on give long passes to win the ball on a second play, as this time more emphasis is placed on physical disputes ball.
Feel the touch of the ball
For many years, Konami has always been committed to improving the physics of the ball, but this time has given him special care to offer a total experience. In this regard, eFootball also wants to get good feelings from the players in every touch, every pass and every shot. And this is also done through haptic feedback and adaptive PS5 triggers that give more information to the user.
In short, the idea of controlling the moment with a more physical game than ever. The new one DualSense technology favors in this case to create an absolute feeling of control over power of the pass. In such a case, the player may pull the trigger lightly or hard in case of look for a tighter pass. With this, eFootball does not want to be left behind and players will be able to feel that it is a new generation game. Although there will also be voices known as Carlos Martínez and Julio Maldonado «Maldini», commentators returning to the Konami game.
New dueling system
In addition to team play, Konami has wanted to put an interest in 1v1 duels with a new system based on many hours of research on the player and ball speed. This system wants to improve dribbling or blocking in attack or defense, following the style of two iconic Barcelona players such as Iniesta and Gerard Piqué who have participated in the counseling. This means that attention has been paid to both parcels of the game to intercept defensive balls or block passing lanes, as well as have more freedom to create opportunities in a duel.
It is not yet a final version, but we have been able to see how it looks on PlayStation 5, where Konami has a lot of work ahead of it on a technical level. Likewise, the controls of the DualSense controller have been detailed both in attack and defense so that the player can make incredible plays in a very accessible way, favoring once again the fast and almost automatic game like the teams that play by heart.
Classic PlayStation buttons will be used to shoot, pass deep, fly or at ground level by default. While with the triggers it will be possible to perform special moves or control of the ball, although they are “Collecting feedback to put it to good use”. Although all this is the most relevant of the new eFootball, the truth is that there are details that have not been overlooked. We speak in this case of the camera during the games with double function: zoom in on the details of the action and zoom in on the general shot.
Players have expressed many doubts about the content and the eFootball 2022 multiplayer features. Since it is a free-to-play game with crossplay, Konami has insisted that “the game take full advantage of hardware capabilities of each compatible device », denying that there is a downgrade in mobiles. Nevertheless, «There will be graphic adjustments such as simplification of some screens stadiums to match the specification of the mobile version, but next-gen graphics on consoles and PC will not be downgraded ».
Even so, the cross game between the different platforms will gradually arrive as you can see in the image above. At that time, Konami also plans «Include several filters for matching by region and platform ». And that doesn’t mean the Master League and other single-player modes are gone because they have promised «Additional modes in the future like Master League that will be available on mobile devices for the first time”. Of course, some modes will only be available as premium content, although it has not been detailed more in this regard.
Since its launch, players do not have the ability to save your progress and continue on another platform. It is a feature that is simply not available, but Konami intends to include it in the future to facilitate progress for users. This and others regular updates will be a constant in eFootball 2022, which will follow the progression of the players live and “Will be available weekly”. This takes into account factors such as footballers performance or physical condition.
As of launch, they will be available 9 teams that have already been announced: FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Manchester United, Arsenal, Corinthians, Flamengo, Sao Paulo and River Plater. And they will not be the only ones because they have promised “Many more teams” over the next several weeks. More specifically, eFootball will receive more content about it at two big updates. “Many more authentic gear will be added as part of the next fall update. They can be used as base teams to build your creative team. Then there will be a new winter update, where users can enjoy _ »Match (Authentic) with all available teams»the spokesperson confirmed.
Konami begins to write a new chapter in soccer simulators with eFootball 2022, where it will have to prove that the theory works beyond paper. Although he has not officially buried the PES license, it seems that he takes the witness to completely renew the formula. And that has also led them to rebuild the game with Unreal Engine 4 as a base, «Creating our own unique soccer engine, we no longer use Fox Engine ». For now, eFootball 2022 launches on September 30 digitally, although Konami will “Consider the demand for physical versions”, as they have been able to advance.
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