Konami’s soccer game sells stars you can’t use for months

A soccer player looks sadly at his teammates.

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Over the summer, Konami announced the elimination of the Pro Evolution Soccer brand (known as Winning Eleven in Japan) by turning the popular franchise into free eFootball.

The company recently revealed how it plans to monetize the new digital-only series and, get it, it includes loot boxes that can’t even be opened until mid-November. That’s more than a month after the game launched on September 30.

The “eFootball 2022 Premium Player Pack” is currently available on the respective PlayStation and Xbox storefronts for $ 39.99. It comes with the base game, a bunch of in-game currencies, and six Luck Offers (eight if you pre-order).

According to the pack’s description, Chance Deals allows players to randomly sign an athlete from a group of “top ambassadors and partner club players” like Lionel Messi and Neymar.

At launch, eFootball will only feature local matches and intergenerational matches i.e. PlayStation 4 vs. PlayStation 5 and Xbox One vs. Xbox Series X / S only, featuring a handful of football clubs (Barcelona, Manchester United, Juventus, etc.).

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It wasn’t until the fall that the game received full online play across all consoles and the ability to build your own squad, that’s where those Chance Deal signatures come into play. like a game of gacha except you ride for real athletes rather than old dragons who can kind of turn into little girls.

On the plus side, Chance Deals won’t give you a player you’ve already unlocked, so with 16 football stars in total available at launch, it should only take $ 80 to acquire all of the initial lineup. What a story.

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Konami promises that these monetization efforts will be “rebalanced to ensure that all players can reach the same potential regardless of how they acquire in-game items,” but we’ll have to wait and see how this theory plays out in the game. practice. .

Either way, eFootball feels geared towards nickel and gradation players rather than offering them the more complete football experience offered by its predecessor. Just another sign that everything we love is destined to eventually be cut up and resold piecemeal.

(h/t Eurogamer)

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