PES 2022 has officially been dubbed eFootball, and fans are stoked about the news that it’s free-to-play. However, this should come with a disclaimer as there will be DLC and only nine teams at launch.

The title will be available on all major consoles and PC in early autumn and then eventually mobile. IGN has spoken to Konami about its ‘unprecedented transformation,’ and their discussion reveals lots of information about the upcoming release.

For fans of the old format and modes such as Master League, its evolution is worrying no matter how pretty the graphics are with all of the blackheads and sweat on Neymar and co.

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Is eFootball PES 2022 free-to-play?

Konami’s eFootball PES 2022 will be free-to-play when it launches in early autumn this year.

However, although you will be able to enjoy matches with nine teams, other modes will be sold in the future as DLC. We don’t know what modes will be sold and how much they will cost, but the roadmap points to an Online League and Team Building Mode for autumn.

In addition to the above modes, the roadmap also points to what seems like a battle pass equivalent named Match Pass system. This will allow you to unlock items such as in-game currency and footballers.

Konami has told IGN that the game will be “fair and balanced,” and that the monetisation of modes will allow players to buy only what they want.

eFootball teams

The nine teams confirmed for eFootball PES 2022 so far are as follows:

  • Arsenal
  • Manchester United
  • FC Bayern Munich
  • Juventus
  • Barcelona
  • Sao Paulo FC
  • Club Atlético River Plate
  • Sport Club Corinthians Paulista 
  • Clube de Regatas do Flamengo

It’s said that more teams will be added as the year goes on. Konami have only said that modes will be DLC, so we’re unsure whether future teams will be free or not.

Roadmap

Konami’s roadmap is as follows:

Early Autumn

  • All new game engine rollout
  • Local matches using nine renowned clubs
  • cross-generation matches (PS4 vs. PS5, Xbox One vs. Series X/S)

Autumn

  • Online Leagues (name TBC) opened
  • Team Building Mode (name TBC) opened
  • Cross platform matches (PlayStation vs. Xbox vs. PC)
  • Match Pass system

Winter

  • eSports tournament kicks off
  • Cross platform matches (PlayStation vs. Xbox vs. PC vs. mobile)
  • Mobile controller support

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