eFootball 2022: Everything you need to know as Season 2 begins

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The hotly anticipated Version 1.0.0 of eFootball 2022 has arrived and Konami has introduced plenty of new features and made several significant changes to the gameplay itself.

Find out all the latest on what the Version 1.0.0 update has brought to the game including the latest licenses and details on the new 'Season 2' which is now underway.

Season 2 Begins

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eFootball Season 2 has brought further improvements to the free-to-play game, having gone live on Thursday, 16 June.

Fans can expect another period of thrills and spills, with the focus likely to once again be on promoting the Dream Team mode, as highlighted by Konami's release statement.

The various in-game events featuring new season, “European Leagues Highlights - Clubs, Team Playstyles, and Prime Players,” will begin today and the players will be appeared in the special card designs featuring the clubs that have made it to the top of the European Leagues in the 2021-2022 season.
In addition, special packs containing 11 players and training items from our major European partner clubs are now available. Users can bring together powerful players, have them ready to play right away, and train a team around their own footballing philosophy!
Enjoy the exciting competition with players from all over the world in the "Dream Team".

Platforms

eFootball is available on PlayStation5, PlayStation4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows 10 and PC Steam.

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The game will become available on iOS and Android in the near future.

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Latest license news

Konami is always battling to secure new licenses for the eFootball franchise.

Konami secure rights to MLS players

eFootball's official Twitter page has confirmed that Konami has secured the rights to the MLS Players' Association.

It must be noted there is no confirmation of Konami securing the rights to any MLS clubs at this point.

So we expect to see MLS players licensed in eFootball, somewhat like the Spanish league in previous PES titles.

Napoli & Atalanta join the franchise

Napoli became the first club to sign-on for PES 2022, in a licence agreement that will become exclusive from the 2022/23 season.

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Konami has also signed a long-term, exclusive partnership agreement with Atalanta.

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This exclusive deal means that FIFA 22 will no longer include the official Atalanta team name, crest, kits and player names.

PES 2021 Licensed Clubs

Here's a selection of the licensed clubs that were on PES 2021:

  • Juventus (Exclusive)
  • AS Roma (Exclusive)
  • Barcelona (Camp Nou Exclusive)
  • Bayern Munich (Allianz Arena Exclusive)
  • Arsenal
  • Manchester United
  • AS Monaco
  • Bayer Leverkusen
  • Schalke
  • Lazio
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  • Rangers
  • Zenit St Petersburg
  • Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Corinthians
  • Flamengo
  • SC Internacional
  • Santos
  • Sao Paulo
  • Boca Juniors
  • River Plate
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PES 2021 Licensed Leagues & Tournaments

Check out some of the tournaments that were available last year:

  • UEFA EURO 2020
  • Italian Serie A (Excluding AC Milan & Inter Milan)
  • Italian Serie B (Excluding Brescia)
  • French Ligue 1
  • French Ligue 2
  • Portuguese Liga NOS (Excluding CD Nacional)
  • Turkish Super Lig
  • Russian Premier Liga (Exclusive)
  • Dutch Eredivisie
  • Belgian Pro League
  • Danish Superliga
  • Scottish Premiership
  • Swiss Super League
  • Brazilian Brasilierao Assai 2020 (Excluding Palmeiras)
  • Chinese Super League
  • AFC Champions League
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Master League

Despite all the changes and the game now being free to play, Master League will still be available.

However, the offline mode will NOT be free to play but can be bought as an optional DLC.

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By the looks of the official Twitter page, the DLC may not be ready when the game is first released either.

We expect the Player Career "Become a Legend" will also become available in the DLC.

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This is a bit of a tricky point for PES/eFootball, with the game struggling to compete with the dominance of FIFA Ultimate Team.

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The move to go free-to-play offers up the game to the masses - but it's worth pointing out this has been available on PES Lite in recent years, and hasn't been able to move the needle.