Rangers official gaming partners Konami have announced a major change to their Pro Evolution Soccer franchise as the gaming platform is rebranded to eFootball ahead of next season.
The Gers have enjoyed a fruitful partnership with the Japanese game developer with the club’s stadium, players and fans being brought to life by the game.
However, heading into next season Konami have decided to make part of the game free whilst they have also renamed the franchise eFootball, 20 years after the PES brand launched in 2001.
The game will be digital only from this autumn and fans will be free to play with nine pre-ordained teams before they’ll be asked to pay to access the rest.
Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Manchester United, Arsenal, Sao Paulo, Corinthians, Flamengo and River Plate are the teams involved, according to the Sun.
This means Gers fans will need to buy the game in order to play with the Ibrox club.
Peter Drury and Jim Beglin will continue on commentary as Konami take a new direction in the hunt to compete with rival EA Sports franchise FIFA.
Rangers extended their “long-term” partnership with the platform at the beginning of last season after a successful first season with the Pro Evolution Soccer brand.
‘’We’re delighted to extend our partnership with KONAMI and excited our supporters will once again be able to see Rangers fully integrated within PES 2021,” said Rangers Director of Commercial & Marketing James Bisgrove.
“The renewed partnership also provides an excellent platform for Rangers global fanbase to engage with both casual and competitive gaming and we look forward to developing an exciting activation plan with KONAMI for the 2020/21 season and beyond” [Rangers].
Introducing #eFootball™, an all-new football simulation platform from the makers of PES.
Overhauled graphics, animations and gameplay signal a new era of virtual football. Free-to-play this Autumn.
— eFootball (@play_eFootball) July 21, 2021
As Konami enters the eFootball era it’s an exciting time for Rangers to be involved and supporters who play the game will be eager to see how things go this season.
Konami aren’t exactly a bad partner to have either – the Japanese gaming company is said to have a net worth of $5bn (£3.6bn) [Wealth Record]!
Speaking of Rangers partners, has the new Castore away kit for next season leaked online before it’s official release by the club?