28 Jul 2021 4:01 PM +00:00

eFootball Demo looks unlikely, but you can get a taste of the gameplay

A new fooballing experience is on the way - eFootball.

We discuss whether we could see a demo of the game go live before launch.

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eFootball Demo Unlikely

Given that eFootball will be a free-to-play title - we don't expect Konami to be releasing a demo.

We have already seen a beta for the title (which the community thought was PES 2022), and who knows - we may see another beta before launch,

If you want to whet the appetite can get a taste of the gameplay, we recommend downloading PES 2021 Lite - which is free, and allows you to play local matches and get a taste of MyClub.

eFootball Demo Release Date

The last demo we saw in the series, for PES 2020, arrived very early on 30 July.

This was down to Konami wanting to get ahead of rivals FIFA in the battle - especially after securing the big-name signing of Juventus.

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If we were to see a demo this year - 10 or 17 August are perhaps the most likely dates if one was released.

Platforms

eFootball will launch worldwide first on PlayStation5, PlayStation4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows 10 and PC Steam this Autumn, with iOS and Android to follow soon after.

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Teams

Konami's demos tend to be a lot more fleshed out than their EA counterparts - with 13 clubs, three stadiums, and four game modes available on PES 2020's demo.

PES 2020 Demo Teams

  • Barcelona
  • Manchester United
  • Bayern Munich
  • Juventus
  • Arsenal
  • Palmeiras
  • Flamengo
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  • Sao Paulo
  • Corinthinas
  • Vasco da Gama
  • Boca Juniors
  • River Plate
  • Colo-Colo
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Expect eFootball exclusive clubs, Roma and Atalanta, to feature this time around, with Lazio ad Napoli in the frame too.

It would be great to see Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers, who are both eFootball partners, on the next demo too.

The stadiums available on the PES 2020 Demo were the Allianz Arena (Bayern Munich), Allianz Parque (Palmeiras) and the generic Neu Sonne Arena.

The Emirates (Arsenal), Old Trafford (Manchester United), Stadio Olimpico (Lazio & Roma) and Wembley Stadium (England) were all licenced on PES 2021, so it would be great to see them arrive on the eFootball Demo.

Of course, this all depends on whether Konami can pick up any new licences for eFootball, and keep hold of the clubs they are already partnered with.

Game Modes

Most demos just have one simple game mode, but Konami is likely to give us a fuller feel of the game - especially with the new game engine.

Local Match and Co-Op (or "kick-off" for FIFA players) are the standard modes where you can take on the AI or a friend offline.

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We are also likely to see an online mode - probably "Quick Match" where you are assigned a random team and battle it out online.

Not only that, but we saw an Edit Mode on PES 2020's demo, where you could edit the look of the players and clubs that were available.

This only applied to PS4 and Steam players.

Unreal Engine

As you might know, Konami has chosen to switch engines in time for the arrival eFootball, moving to Epic's Unreal.

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In an interview with Konami's Seitaro Kimura, producer on the eFootball series, he pointed to a few examples of how Unreal has already helped the development process.

One specific example is that with Unreal Engine, designers can take on various tasks without programmers’ help by using Blueprint.

By doing so, we believe that we can improve the production speed, improve the skills of individual designers, and receive many other benefits.

Graphics

Konami is preparing for life on next-generation consoles such as PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and have changed to a new 'Unreal Engine'.

And early images of the detailed graphics, created by an independent artist using the all-new engine, look very promising.

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Fans can't get over how realistic the pair look in these images!

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