New PES misses the mark after disastrous launch

Konami have suffered a major setback in their bid to overtake rivals Electronic Arts in the battle to be the best football simulator after a disastrous launch.

Pro Evolution Soccer, now rebranded to eFootball, saw the long-awaited eFootball 2022 launch at the end of September.

Fans of the series had to deal with a diluted edition last year which dropped at a lower cost, with Konami revealing that they intended to drop a worthy first release on the next-generation of consoles.

Things don't seem to have gone according to plan though, with a number of players showcasing some laughable face scans, screenshots of fans that will bring back memories of the early 2000s, and a number of gameplay issues - including the behaviour of the ball, which is arguably one of the most important elements of the game.

Since launch there has been an avalanche of negative reviews on Steam, with Eurogamer event stating that it has become one of the lowest-rated games on the platform.

Konami reacted quickly to apologise to fans with a statement on their official Twitter account, which read:

"After the release of 'eFootball 2022', we have received lots of feedback and requests regarding game balance that includes pass speed and defence operation. We would also like to acknowledge that there have been reports of problems users have experienced with cut-scenes, facial expressions, movements of players and the behaviour of the ball.

"We are very sorry for the problems, and want to assure everyone we will take all the concerns seriously and strive to improve the current situation.

"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.

"We will do our utmost to satisfy as many users as possible, and we look forward to your continued support of 'eFootball 2022'."

The company made the decision to make eFootball 2022 a free-to-play game with live service elements, however, it remains to be seen how this sluggish start will impact its player base.