eFootball, the spiritual successor to Pro Evolution Soccer, will receive its first major update on April 14.
The game faced serious backlash when it came out on September 30, 2021. eFootball was supposed to revamp the Pro Evolution Soccer series, with a new football engine supposed to improve the animation system and game controls. According to Konami, their ambition was to “recreate the perfect football environment, from the grass on the pitch, to the players’ movement, all the way to the crowds in the stadium.”
But when eFootball was first released last September, the outcome was far from being as good as expected. With 92% negative reviews, eFootball 2022 became the worst-rated game on Steam a day after launch.
Konami is now revealing Patch 1.0 of eFootball 2022. The original version of the game was “basically a demo” according to the company. In a blog post, Konami admitted that they rushed the game’s initial launch. “We were too focused on getting the game out on time that we lost sight of the most important thing — quality,” the company said. “Although it has been 6 months since the initial release last September, we believe we have finally reached a level of quality that we can be confident of. Hence the decision behind the release of v1.0.0.”
eFootball 2022 receives a new update
The full launch of eFootball next week will add several improvements to the game, such as new commands and gameplay elements. Konami also readjusted the balance of the game and fixed the many bugs that ruined the original eFootball experience.
This new update will introduce the new “Dream Team” mode. Unlike the Fifa Ultimate Team mode from FIFA 22, eFootball doesn’t want players to sign the strongest players and managers. Instead, the goal is for players to sign their favorite players and shape them to create a perfect team.
The eFootball 2022 v.1.0.0 update will be released on April 14, 2022.