Yesterday, Konami released eFootball 2022 on PC and consoles and the game immediately received Overwhelmingly Negative reviews on Steam. And today, Konami issued an official statement about the game’s launch issues.
To be honest, this feels more like a mere PR statement (damage control) and nothing more. Konami states that it’s aware of the issues and that it’s working on updates. However, why did Konami decide to release the game in its current state? It would make more sense to delay it and release a more polished product. That is of course if the company was truly invested in offering a polished soccer game, and not in increasing its revenue.
eFootball 2022 uses Unreal Engine 4 and has major physics and facial animations. The transition from FOX Engine to Unreal Engine 4 also had a negative impact on its gameplay. And, to be honest, I don’t know how Konami will salvage this mess (unless it completely remakes it).
I should also point out that the game’s Master League mode will only be available as a DLC.
What is truly sad here is that PC gamers do not really have an alternative. While PS5/Xbox Series S|X players can play FIFA 22, its PC version is basically based on the old-gen version. So you can either play a F2P soccer game or an old-gen soccer game (which plays similarly to last year’s offering and there is no reason at all to spend your money on it).
I’d personally avoid both of them as they are not worth your time. Plain and simple.