Konami delays eFootball 2022’s v1.0 update to next year

Not like this.

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Konami has postponed the v1.0 update for eFootball 2022 to next spring, the publisher announced today.

The update, originally planned for Nov. 11, 2021, was intended to see eFootball 2022 launch for mobile devices and introduce new content to the soccer game, including a new mode where players can play with an original team. “Unfortunately, we have concluded that more time is needed to deliver the product in the quality that will meet the expectations of our users and have decided to postpone the delivery,” Konami said in a blog post.

On top of that, Konami also canceled the pre-order for eFootball 2022‘s Premium Player Pack. The soccer game has transitioned to a free-to-play model and no longer will have an annual release, but not every game mode is available in the free edition.

“If you have pre-ordered the Premium Player Pack and wish to continue to play eFootball™ 2022, you will need to re-download the eFootball™ 2022 core game after the pre-order has been canceled,” Konami said.

EFootball 2022 launched for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on Sept. 30 and wasn’t received well by fans. The successor of Pro Evolution Soccer is currently the lowest-rated game on Steam, according to the website Hall of Shame, since many players disliked the game’s graphics and faced several gameplay bugs.

Konami said it will push the v0.9.1 update to fix numerous bugs on each platform starting today, Nov. 5. The Japanese publisher apologized for the inconvenience and said its staff will continue to make “sincere efforts to deliver satisfying contents” in the spring of 2022.