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You have to hand it to Konami. When the publisher announced it would be rebooting the long-established Pro Evolution Soccer earlier this year, few could have predicted it would have boldly reinvented the successful franchise into an absolute dumpster fire of a cautionary tale.
Just a few days after launch, the free-to-play eFootball secured its spot as the worst-rated Steam game of all time by a comfortable margin. Not content with hitting that grim milestone, it’s also now the worst-rated game of 2021 across all platforms. Ouch.
eFootball currently sits at the very bottom of the last page of Metacritic’s 2021 games, like some shameful secret. Its average score at the time of writing is 25, which is a whopping eleven points less than the second-worst game of 2021: Balan Wonderworld with 36.
As if this wasn’t a bad enough look, Konami has now confirmed it won’t actually be releasing any major fixes for this incredibly broken football game until Spring 2022 at the earliest.
Following the game’s woeful launch, Konami offered a frank apology and promised to fix many of the game’s issues via a major update this month. However, in a recent statement the publisher said it needs more time and will be pushing update 1.0.0 to early 2022.
“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 wrote.
Update 1.0.0, when it finally arrives, will add a ton of substantial fixes and tweaks, new content to the game, new modes, and support for mobile devices.
Fortunately Konami isn’t expecting you to play the game in its current state until next Spring. Patch 0.9.1, available now, has been released to address a number of bugs. That’s something, I guess.
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