PES’s rebranding and new eFootball formula didn’t quite go as well as Konami had hoped. Not only did the game’s animations look awful, giving us nightmarish versions of our favorite players, but the overall gameplay also left a lot to be desired. All of this led to eFootball claiming the title of worst rated game of 2021.
With the game’s first major update just around the corner, Konami has addressed the game’s reception at launch, as well as the reasons behind many of the issues.
“It is difficult to point out one decisive aspect,” a spokesperson told VGC. “The game’s unfinished business was the result of multiple factors, including the transition to a new football game engine, support for next-generation consoles such as PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, the change of play style to free-to-play. And beyond, we’ve been trying to deliver new eFootball 2022 to players as soon as possible.”
They noted that this resulted in the “harsh feedback” about the quality of the game when it launched last year. Konami stressed that the developers have been monitoring player feedback and will make improvements to address this. We may see some of these improvements in version 1.0.0, which launches on April 14.
“We take the opinion of our players very seriously,” the spokesperson continued. “Since its release last September, we have prioritized improvements and corrections based on the feedback and opinions we have received. We will continue to work on improving the game and as always, the valued player feedback is greatly appreciated.”
One of the reasons for the poor quality of the game could also be Konami’s decision to launch the game as soon as possible, and not delay it to improve certain features. “As answered in the previous question, we had no plans to delay the release because ultimately we had a strong desire to deliver the new eFootball 2022 game to users as soon as possible,” the spokesperson added. “Normally we would release a new game in the autumn, parallel to the start of the European football season. Our apologies to all players who have been waiting for the release.”
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