Konami falls at the first hurdle with eFootball 2022 release
The successor to the Pro Evolution Soccer series has arrived, and it has gotten off to a worse start than Cyberpunk 2077 did. Last year, Konami announced that it was developing PES 2022 using the Unreal Engine that would 'dazzle you with staggering improvements to all areas of the game'. Supposedly, the company was so 'hard at work' on PES 2022 that it could only release eFootball PES 2021 Season Update in 2020, effectively eFootball PES 2020 updated for last season.
This year's title drops 'PES' from its name and is free to play, although Konami will lock numerous elements behind paywalls. Most of these elements, like Online Leagues, will not arrive until later this year. Konami has not offered dates for when eFootball 2022 will reach feature parity with PES 2021, mind you.
Adding more content is the least of Konami's issues currently, though. While the company has attempted to implement new features, eFootball 2022 contains more graphical and gameplay issues than we could list. In short, eFootball 2022 is a shadow of PES 2021 and its predecessors. Consequently, eFootball 2022 is ranked as the worst game ever on Steam, with an average score of 9% from over 10,000 reviews so far.
The situation is so poor for Konami that has published an explainer on its social media channels, which we have included below. The company has pledged to release an update this month, but this could already be too late for what feels like an early demo. Anecdotally, Konami has even misspelt the game as 'eFootbal 2022' on Xbox, such is the lack of attention to detail it has received.
Overall, eFootball 2022 may go down as one of the worst game releases to date and at least as bad as Cyberpunk 2077. Hopefully, Konami will address all the game's issues soon, especially in the face of the well-received FIFA 22.
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