PES 2021 announces the closure of its multiplayer servers

eFootball PES 2021 Season Update confirms the termination of its multiplayer servers. Konami confirms that it will close the possibility of playing against other players online next August 25 at 04:00 (CEST). From then on all myClub Coins and GP Points will be invalidated.

The company appreciates “faithful and continued support” of your community during the commercial stage of the game. The shutdown of the servers will occur almost two years after its launch. Konami encourages players to download eFootball 2022, the current edition of its soccer franchise.

The end of an era

But the closure of the PES 2021 servers means more than just the loss of functions: it’s the end of Pro Evolution Soccer as a brand. The Japanese firm decided to adopt eFootball as its official name since the change in business model in 2021. Since the confirmation, we all leave behind a name that is part, above all, of the video game in our country.

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PES 2021 also has the peculiarity of being the last football video game where Leo Messi wore the Barça shirt. In fact, eFootball was confirmed dressing the Argentine crack of blaugrana, already transferred to Unreal Engine, the graphic engine that it uses at the moment.

“While the industry is facing a new generation of consoles, we believe that now is the perfect time to share our plans regarding the future of the PES saga”, they said in a statement during their reveal. “To that end, we are delighted to announce that we are hard at work on our next generation of football titles, which has been set as our goal.”

Almost two years after that, the situation of the game is different from their original plans. The release of version 1.0 leaves us with an improved version, but with potential for further progress. And there are still key modes missing for the Konami experience, like the Master League.

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Fuente: Konami