eFootball 2022 in-game season 1 brings many features

eFootball 2022 is Konami’s first free-to-play sports game. It is not the case that it can be seen as a free PES, but as a demo that is being expanded further and further.

Konami has announced that the first season will launch simultaneously with the game on September 30. The game will not only be released for the PC, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series consoles, but also for mobile devices.

Not all clubs will be playable at launch, but the number of clubs will be limited to the following nine:

  • FC Barcelona
  • Real Madrid
  • Bayern Munich
  • Manchester United
  • Arsenal
  • SC Corinthians Paulista
  • CR Flamengo
  • CA River Plate
  • Sao Paulo FC

Players will also have a choice of six different stadiums and can play cross-generational, meaning that PlayStation 4 users can play with owners of a PlayStation 5, just as Xbox One owners can play with users of both Series consoles.

The company also has detailed plans unveiled for the fall content update, such as the mode they call Creative Teams. In this mode, players can create teams by signing players based on their preferred playing style and training them to compete with the best teams in the world. There is also a wealth of customization options from over 600 different teams around the world. The new Creative League provides competition between creative teams, pitting them against each other for rewards in ten matches.

Other match modes include Tour Events (where players can play against AI-powered teams for rewards), Challenge Events (where players compete against each other to achieve certain goals), and individual matches via matchmaking or against specific players in 1v1 matches.

Konami will use three different types of in-game currencies in eFootball, one of which is premium and the other two are earned through play. Users will use these currencies to attract players to their teams. Completing certain in-game objectives will unlock items that can be used to sign more players.

Mobile development is focused on delivering the same experience across all platforms, unifying the platform and delivering a console-level experience on mobile. To that end, eFootball PES 2021 players will update to eFootball 2022 this fall and bring some items to the new platform, with more details on what’s being ported over on the official website (see the link at the top).

Future updates will include the ability to fully customize teams, gameplay additions such as advanced ball trapping and special kicks, support for mobile controllers, and full cross-platform matchmaking. The PS5 version also gets haptic feedback and adaptive trigger support.

Publisher Konami shared a roadmap for the game earlier this year. And previously said the game should be seen as a demo, with premium features added later.

The eFootball 2022 update on September 30, as well as further updates in the near future, will all be free on all platforms.