Konami has recognized that “several factors” contributed to eFootball’s disastrous start over the past year, but says it has “prioritized improvements and fixes based on the feedback and opinions we’ve received.”
As Tom summed up for us earlier this week, eFootball – the new name for PES – arrived in a disastrous state late last year, despite Konami warning players it would be released in an extremely limited demo-like form.
Now, however, the ailing publisher has admitted the game’s “incompleteness” to our sister site VGC, and pointed the finger at several factors that he says contributed to the game’s terrible reception upon release.
“It’s hard to point out a crucial aspect,” said a spokesman. “The game’s incompleteness was a result of several factors including the transition to a new football game engine and support for next-gen consoles such as PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, the change in playstyle to free-to-play and beyond we tried to make the new eFootball 2022 available to players as soon as possible.
“As a result, the game received harsh feedback about quality. However, since the launch of eFootball in September, we’ve prioritized improvements and fixes based on the feedback and opinions we’ve received.
“We take the opinions of our players very seriously. Since the release last September, we’ve prioritized improvements and fixes based on the feedback and opinions we’ve received,” the statement concludes. “We will continue to work on improving the game and as always, the valued feedback from players is greatly appreciated.”
When asked why the developer decided not to delay the release until the game was ready, Konami said it had “no plans to delay the release because ultimately we had a strong desire to bring the new eFootball 2022 game delivered to users as soon as possible” and was keen to release “in parallel with the start of the European football season”.
Earlier this week, we learned that Konami will be attempting to salvage its ailing eFootball 2022 with the game’s long-awaited v1.0.0 patch – originally slated to arrive shortly after launch last November.
Konami insisted that the game would evolve over time, but players had to wait months for this v1.0.0 update. Meanwhile, eFootball’s mobile fork has been delayed and the game’s controversial premium player pack has been withdrawn from sale.