Konami planning move to new game engine for next-gen eFootball PES, rather than FOX Engine

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Konami took its time when transitioning Pro Evolution Soccer to the current crop of consoles, particularly for PC players who had to wait a few extra years to benefit from the FOX Engine. We got there eventually though, and now Konami is ready to talk next-gen consoles, next-gen eFootball PES, and, perhaps most importantly, an all-new next-gen game engine.

“Our plans focus on the version of the game that is relevant at this time. Updating such technologies is a very risky step. Before creating or releasing anything, you need to evaluate all the risks,” explained Konami’s Kei Matsuda during a chat with WinPes. 

“In the future we plan to change the main engine, but this will not happen before the time when a new generation of game consoles will appear. On the current generation, the FOX engine will remain forever. We are not planning any changes.”

There may have been a little lost in translation here, but it appears as if Matsuda is suggesting the FOX Engine is here to stay for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for all future PES titles which still come to those consoles. However, looking forward to the next generation of consoles, which should both be out around the time eFootball PES 2021 launches, we can probably expect to see the series move to a new game engine. 

To be honest I’d be kind of flummoxed if Konami even bothered making a proprietary game engine for the next generation. Pro Evolution Soccer is now pretty much the only thing it actively develops and that situation doesn’t look as if it’s changing anytime soon. With just one noted franchise on the horizon, and the likes of Castlevania and Metal Gear seemingly dead and buried, moving to a third-party engine seems like it would probably be the smarter move. Konami would need devs well-versed in Unreal Engine, for example, but it’s got to be the easier course in the long-run rather than building an entire new next-gen game engine.

Whatever happens though, we’d expect this will also coincide with a steep increase in eFootball PES’ PC system specs. Right now, eFootball PES 2020 is an absolute breeze to run, even on low-end systems. Next-gen hardware means next-gen specs, although we’re still expecting Konami to target the lower-end of modern gaming hardware.

In there here and now, we’re not too far from the next iteration of PES launching; eFootball PES 2020 is out on September 10th for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.