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Konami’s football game sells stars you can not use for several months

Konami’s football game sells stars you can not use for several months

A football player stares sadly at his teammates.

Screenshot: Konami

During the summer, Konami announced its killing on Pro Evolution Soccer brand (known as Wins eleven in Japan) by transforming the popular franchise into free-to-play eFootball.

The company recently revealed how it plans to monetize the new, digital-only series, and get it, it contains loot boxes that may not even open until mid-November. It’s more than a month after the game’s launch on September 30th.

That “eFootball 2022 Premium Player Pack ”is currently available on PlayStation and Xbox’s respective storefront for $ 39.99. It comes with core games, a lot of currency in the game and six Chance Deals (eight if you pre-order).

According to the package description, Chance Deals allows players to randomly sign an athlete from a group of “top-level ambassadors and partner club players” such as Lionel Messi and Neymar.

At launch, eFootball will only offer local matches and cross-generation matchmaking — that means only PlayStation 4 vs. PlayStation 5 and Xbox One vs. Xbox Series X / S-with a handful of football clubs (Barcelona, ​​Manchester United, Juventus, etc.).

It’s only in the fall that the game receives full online play between all consoles and the ability to build your own team, this is where these Chance Deal signings come into play. Think about it a gacha game, except that you roll after real athletes rather than old dragons who can somehow turn into little girls.

One bright spot is that Chance Deals does not give you a player you have already unlocked, so with 16 football stars in total available at launch, it would only take $ 80 to acquire the entire original lineup. What a deal.

Konami promises that these revenue-generating efforts will be “rebalanced to ensure that all players can reach the same potential, no matter how they acquire things in the game”, but we will have to wait and see how that theory plays out in practice.

In all circumstances, eFootball feels geared towards nickel-plating players rather than giving them the more complete football experience that the predecessor provided. Just another sign that everything we love is destined to eventually be chopped and sold back to us piecemeal.

(h / t Eurogamer)


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