eFootballThe many problems are not being resolved any time soon.
Konami announced on Friday that the first major patch for the soccer game – version 0.9.1, it must be said – will be delayed from its initial launch on October 28 to some point in early November. No reason was given for the delay.
Whatever the cause, this means that Steam’s lowest-rated game (by its players) of all time will remain in the same janktastic state it has been since launch. This includes visual issues, broken AI, stuttering animations, and other performance issues that have elicited overwhelmingly negative responses from gamers, longtime and recent.
eFootball is the old Pro Evolution Soccer / Winning Eleven franchise that dates back to 2001. Konami skipped a year after release eFootball PES 2020 in 2019, then took the free-to-play franchise with Unreal Engine 4 that year.
The plan was always to release a base game followed by larger and popular game modules, such as the Ultimate-Team-style Master League and the Be a Legend single player career. eFootball launched with two game modes: a local single-player or multiplayer match, using only one of nine teams, and playable âchallenge eventsâ against the AI ââor other online players.
But hardly any post-launch roadmap could inspire confidence when such meager offerings were peppered with comical visual blunders and humiliating issues. Plans called for cross-platform play, online leagues and a âteam-building modeâ (both names to be determined), as well as a content battle pass to roll out this fall. Instead, Konami is back to the drawing board on basic stuff, from sound, and that effort is being delayed as well.
âOur hope is that the extra time taken will allow us to ensure that the experience is improved for all of our users,â Konami said on Friday, from the same Twitter account that posted omnibus apologies for eFootball a day after its launch.
At the time of publication, eFootball attracted 19,475 negative reviews from Steam users out of a total of 22,068. (eFootball is also available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.) The harshest reviews have an elegiac quality. Here’s one that’s not even a week old, by Steam user Earth:
“The game is not polite” is a lie. âIt’s not overâ, it’s stretching it. In the middle of a wild road in total darkness. There you will find eFootball 2022. You’ve all seen the pictures, no words, no excuses. The gameplay, the most important part, is heavy and tired. Some of the new controls are unnecessary, others only lower the quality of life. The goals seem hollow. 2 difficulties available. No game mode. The game is worse than a decade ago. There is no soul. Guess they thought we would stay, quiet and loyal? “
I guess this is my farewell letter. There are no more football games for me. Maybe one dayâ¦ but I don’t believe it or I no longer hope so. Is that how you become an adult?
Wow. eFootball is not just bad; it is the death of innocence.