Japanese publisher Konami has issued an apology for the sorry state of eFootball at launch, which has become the butt of many a joke over the past 24 hours or so. Writing on Twitter, the official eFootball account said: "We are very sorry for the problems, and want to assure everyone we will take all concerns seriously and strive to improve the current situation." The team has received feedback concerning game balance, questionable cutscenes and facial expressions, and player movement.
The statement continues: "This work will be continuously updated, quality will be improved and content will be added consistently. From next week onward, we will prepare for an update in October, while receiving further opinions through questionnaires to our users."
Ever since the game launched yesterday morning, the internet has been ablaze with disapproving comments and visual captures of how truly broken eFootball can get. That includes examples of how bad Lionel Messi can look and players disappearing. We highlighted as much in our Hands On impressions: "The sad reality is that while eFootball had the opportunity to be disruptive, it’s the best advertisement for FIFA 22 that EA Sports could have asked for. Konami’s got a mountain to climb to save this series’ season, and it’s going to take more than Sam Allardyce to keep its hopes alive."
Embedded below are just a few examples of what Konami felt the need to apologise for.
I have to say, I've gotten a good laugh out of this article being published directly next to the Metal Gear Solid rumour piece on the home page. The two extremes of Konami.
Man it’s so awful but at least it’s funny! That Pogba one’s got me in stitches 😂
Like I said yesterday. This will take 6-12 months to bring this game somewhere to be „good“.
This has all given me a good laugh. There's a crowd shot going round that is frankly terrifying. And we thought Cyberpunk released in a sorry state! At least this one is free...
Wait, is that ref a Splatoon squid?
They clearly did a cyberpunk..Messi charged so much they couldn't afford more development time.
@zebric21 People paid £50 for Cyberpunk. At least this is free.
@nessisonett Yeah but noone will play it like this..maybe after months of updating it.
@zebric21 Well…. yes. That’s a seperate point though.
I mean it’s absolutely hilarious, but also really insulting.
Like they clearly knew it is a complete mess, yet they release it anyway and then effectively say “oh my god guys so sorry, but trust us we had no idea it was this bad”
Like if it’s in this state dont apologise, just don’t release it in the first place.
But i mean of course they will anyway
Welcome to the next level of farce following Cyberpunk 2077!
You would think that the 'lessons' of one developer would be picked up by the rest but here we are with Efootball 2022...
I don't see why people are so angry at something that has cost them nothing (other than a little time to download)
Cyberpunk was in much better shape than this on PC. It was always "Mostly Positive" on Steam
At least they actually finally communicated something I guess! Total embarrassment!
Ao sorry that they are still keeping the game up and not removing it until its finally ready.
'We're sorry....you didn't let us get away with it'
clowns and thieves
"it’s the best advertisement for FIFA 22 that EA Sports could have asked for" Hahaaaaaahahaaaaahahhhhaaaaaaaa ha ha spits out some thing i was chewing ha haaaaaaahaaaaa.............The good thing about the Japanese is they really are clever PES Users will simply update the PES21 version problem solved ..............rather do that than go anywhere near what Electronics Art has to offer.....never have I laughed so much Konami even gave licensed teams two extra slots for kit updates Hahaaaahaha...........FIFA IS A JOKE.
At least fifa is really good this year ☝
@Deljo are you a Terminator? Who's the President?
Sometimes I think about what it was like in the late 90s/early 00s, when a new Konami game was due out, and me and my mate would eagerly await it. Whether it was an MGS, a Silent Hill, a Suikoden, a PES; it was always an absolutely massive event.
Then I think about what Konami is now, and it blows my mind a little bit.
This all comes down to executives always prioritising releases with financial quarters in mind. Rather than when the game is actually ready.
Having bought FIFA for the first time since '15 and playing efootball the last 2 days.. FIFA still has the magnet close control, finesse shot loving, quick turning nonsense which hasn't changed a bit.
Other than the TV style presentation, it still plays nothing like a football game.
Efootball however is barely a demo and buggy but atleast when you shoot, it actually feels 'right' The passing speed etc should be easily fixable. Hopefully. The bones are there... In a way.
There's really no winners this year so far though, certainly for the folk that are left playing both of these POS games.
They should have just released another seasonal update. This isn’t clearly ready which is obvious with the previous demo, and they just tired to release earlier than FIFA. If it’s released as demo, they wouldn’t feel that much heat. It is never good thing to change engine as it would be buggy. They should give us free or minimal fee season 2022 update. Scrap this one until I it is ready
@mrbone just get an Option File from PES Universe and you're all set for this season.
@Integrity ah yes, it seems that’s the best option now. It is a real shame, I’m always a PES fan and never get into FIFA.
@mrbone well the beauty of PES2021 is that really we don't need a yearly update with small improvements, we're just made to think we do. pes2021 is still the best gameplay and with PES Universe option files we can have all the latest kits and lots of fantasy ones too to keep it fresh for ages.
Funny how next-gen, photorealistic graphics can still result in broken messes. The flat referee looks like a demonic entity showing up in an actual match, and it's all the more hilarious for it.
@Originut Fair enough. There was prob some mismanagement by Devs as well.
@nessisonett These makes me think of your old Peter Parker picture haha
@Integrity Can you use the option file with all game modes though? Me and my friends play a lot of konami custom tournaments and the option file had zero effect there.
I have no words for this 😂😂🤣🤣
No amount of patches will fix the gameplay clearly tailored for mobile users
@nessisonett 😅 post match drugs test for that lad!
@MatthewJP I think people are more disappointed. FIFA has been the king of football games commercially for years now, but many people still swore by PES' gameplay.
To see the series in this state is a real shame.
Such a shame.. I always liked PES, but this didn't feel good at all. I uninstalled it after 7 minutes. They can say they're sorry for the state it's in, but why release it then.
Guess I'll go back to PES 2019 (can't be arsed to buy a football game every single year). EA will never get my money.
It seems odd to release in this state. How does it encourage anyone to invest in their ftp model?
Sadly a game nearly as unfinished as C2077, but with less hype (and less promise).
Not really into football, who is this paul pogchamp you speak of?
In all seriousness, this is Konami. They forgot how to make good games ages ago.
And these guys are in charge of Metal Gear and Silent Hill. I'm not worried...
@zebric21 So its totally like Cyberpunk only they charged €60 for that.
They rushed out a demo of a game so it could be released at the same time as the new Fifa and it actually makes Fifa look like a good purchase of something that will be free... that takes some doing.
@Agramonte yeah I agree, I played Cyberpunk on PC from day 1 and it was fine, about the same buggyness of the Witcher series, the game on the other hand was just shallow and I only played about 15 hours and gave up. (Disappointing as I built a brand new PC just for that game a few weeks before it dropped)
The console port should have just been postponed and they would have been fine.
The good news is this should bring us that much closer to the eFootball erotic pachinko machines!
Lol... who were the suckers that got duped by Konami again? XD
I thought it was common knowledge they were trash. Avoid!
@solocapers I agree with you here. I don’t think either game feels like real football, but eFootball still gets shooting right, something FIFA has never ever done.
Poor Konami thought their fans were as willing to part with their money for unfinished buggy games as Fifa fans are.
Downloaded on PS5.
Well, what a travesty..
As soon as the game boots, on the title screen it reads version 0.9.0.
Now, as far as I know, anything less than ver.1 usually means at the very least a beta, possibly a release candidate.
But it plays like an alpha build.
Had a deeper look, only 17 trophies.🙃
No gold's or of course, a platinum.
The ones available are easily had, based on the very little content.
I assume more will be added in future.
Grass has zero height and textures to it on default length. Looks like it was painted on glass.
Either that or the green on the 5th at whistling straits.
The longest length looks like a weird astroturf.
Just tried shortest length.. convinced they're all the same now. 🤣
Gameplay itself seems oddly unresponsive, it takes an age for it to finish an animation before input is then actioned.
The replays are jerky and unintuitive.
The crowd look like cardboard cutouts, again no depth or texture. And 80-odd percent of them are all doing the same thing, like something out of a North Korean military parade.
Looking through the credits, there seems to be an awful lot of 'old' licences and permissions; some dating back 10 years, like they only had tuppence ha'penny budget so used some seriously outdated
engines or programs.
Also, in the credits it only has the commentary and analysis for all the spoken languages and the music artists used. That's it.
No 'directed by' type credit, other than just a produced by 'Konami' one right at the end.
I was expecting an Alan Smithee one to be fair.
Guess no one wanted their names attached for fear of reprisals.
Who's idea was the shock blue and yellow design of the menus etc!!?? I'm not photosensitive but I thought my toes were gonna start curling and froth at the mouth it's so eye straining. 🤪🥴
Hmm, first footy game they've done using unreal 4. Used Fox engine before. Did they not get a user manual with U4?
I'm gonna keep it though.
So I can see if any improvements are made over god knows how long.
I've played PES since back in the PS2 days.
And this doesn't compare to anything before because it can't even be called bare bones at the moment. It's simply broken on all fronts.
If someone had created this in Dreams, they'd be applauded for a 'great effort' but it wasn't.
This was a major studio produced bit of ol' tat.
Worth just about the asking price.
Game of the year for me.
As I have put elsewhere this game is a massive disappointment. Not that I expected much.Im a big PES fan but to say this game lacks basic features is an understatement. You cant even change your teams formation. I would say the game has been rushed to release but its taken two years to get to this point. Seriously what were they thinking.
@zebric21 hmmm im not sure. I've never tried making a custom tournament for friends to join. I suppose there's only 1 way to find out. It definetly won't work for anything online.
@MatthewJP because the move to FTP was always a terrible idea and football fans only had two proper choices and now they only have one. The cost this year is irrelevant as it’s more that this move killed a beloved series. It’s not hard to grasp why people are upset.
I really don’t know why they didn’t just release the last version FTP and add in the bits they wanted and tweak some game play elements. Surely that would be better. This makes no sense.
Cards on the table I loved PES although I did FIFA for a few years in the ps3 era when PES hit a low.
I think people are missing what they’re trying to do with this e-football— it even says it in the introduction- they are trying to make a mobile football game that interacts with console.
Their focus is clearly to make it available across all devices.
The down side to this is dumbed down gameplay and graphics. Which explains that awful arrow stuck under each player being controlled, that’s needed for mobile controls where the input isn’t as precise.
PES as we know it is never coming back, but if they pick up X million mobile players it’ll be deemed a success from their point of view.
FIFA is the only option now and that’s sad news.
@mastrz FIFA isn't the only option. PES2021 will have better gameplay than FIFA for many years to come. Just because PES is a year old doesn't mean we should stop playing it for this years version of FIFA. Or FIFA for the next 5 years I'd imagine, it would take a total overhaul for FIFA to bridge the gap
Awesome content and free.
Watching the United/Everton game yesterday and seeing eFootball plastered all over the advertising boards had me thinking “so that’s why they released it in the state it’s in!” . Shambolic management, alongside United almost kamikaze style defending
Looks good to me
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