Konami announces that free-to-play eFootball 2022 will only run with one game mode for a long time to come.
Since its release, eFootball 2022 has followed a hard blow after a hard blow. After getting the worst rating on Steam after just 24 hours, the first patch has been delayed, and is now scheduled for November 5th. This one is supposed to fix the many bugs reported by players since the release, and does not focus on the content of the game itself.
For this, Konami had planned another update on November 11, which has finally been postponed … to 2022 ! Do not expect to see it land in January or even in February, it is scheduled for at least the spring of 2022. The same goes for the mobile game, which was initially scheduled for later this fall. On Twitter, Konami explains.
[eFootball™ 2022 sur mobile]
We have decided to postpone the eFootball ™ 2022 mobile release, which was slated for this fall, to spring 2022.
More information: https://t.co/iN6LIA9ngG
We apologize for the inconvenience.
– KONAMI France (@KONAMIFR)
In its post, the studio states that it is working ” as hard as possible to deliver an experience our players expect and deserve “. Version 1.0.0. had to bring a lot of game modes, new character categories as well as new teams. As a consequence of the postponement of the update, players will have to be content with a single game mode, and 9 football teams, for at least another 4 months.
To justify itself, Konami is serving its players the upgrade card, and says studios need more time to deliver a better version of the game, the one players expected at launch. Will this approach be enough to make people forget the chaotic beginnings of eFootball 2022? And will it live up to what Konami promises ? Nothing is less sure.
Cancellation and refund of Premium Player Packs
The carry forward of version 1.0.0. has another consequence besides the dissatisfaction of impatient players. Indeed, Konami has decided to end pre-orders for the Premium Play Pack displayed at more than 30 euros. This one contained benefits for use with the content update, and Konami isn’t seeing multi-month pre-orders now that it’s been postponed.
People who have already pre-ordered the pack will be automatically reimbursed, the company says. But that doesn’t erase the controversial nature of this pack, which actually contained items similar to loot boxes. These random loot crates are already a huge problem with the competition (hello EA) and Konami had been singled out for attempting to do the same, despite the thorny question of the ethics of the practice.
Those who have already pre-ordered the Premium Pack should definitely uninstall and reinstall eFootball 2022 before they can play it again, except for players on Steam. The question is, will they want to reinstall it?