Credit where credit’s due: Konami has, to some degree, got eFootball back on track. The game now plays surprisingly great – better than the latest FIFA in our opinion – which is a real rags-to-riches story considering how poor the launch was. The problem with the package as it stands today is that it just doesn’t have anywhere near enough content in it, and many were pinning hopes on the premium DLC addition of Master League to make it worth revisiting.
Master League, for those who don’t know, is an extremely popular single player mode from the Pro Evolution Soccer era in which you either create a team or pick an existing one and take it to the top. You’re responsible for scouting players, recruiting them, and building a roster that can challenge on the biggest stage. As eFootball is free-to-play, Konami intends to sell this mode separately, which is fair enough – unfortunately, it’s not launching until 2023 now.
As part of a roadmap, the Japanese publisher confirmed: “Master League will be available as additional paid content during 2023.” Other upcoming additions and improvements include Dream Team lobby matches this summer and crossplay later in the year. The company’s also planning to add new teams as paid DLC by the end of 2022.
So, it’s going to be a slow burn to get eFootball where it needs to be. Obviously, the gameplay takes priority, and it really does feel fantastic these days – but with still so little to do, this is basically a glorified demo right now, with little suggestion that’s going to change in the short-term. A shame, to be honest.