Konami started publishing Pro Evolution Soccer games back in 1995 under the name Winning Eleven in Japan (PES is still known as Winning Eleven in Japan). The first official Pro Evolution Soccer game was released in 2001 in Europe. In America, however, it was still known as Winning Eleven until Pro Evolution Soccer 2008.
The 2008 PES was released for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Windows, which caused the game to be recognized globally. Konami then started publishing the game under the name of Pro Evolution Soccer and had 18 games until 2019, when it released eFootball. But just recently, Konami will seemingly change the game’s name to Pro Powerful Soccer as per a recently filed trademark.
Originally found by the Reddit user u/LongJonSiIver, who shared a screenshot of the trademark for the unannounced Pro Powerful Soccer game. We found that the screenshot is authentic after looking at the EUIPO website ourselves. The filed trademark had the owner’s information listed under Konami Digital Entertainment Co, Ltd’s name. The interesting bit from the filed trademark is the status, which showed that the game is an “Application under examination.” Konami will likely go along with it, as eFootball 2022 was not well received among players.
The failure of Konami’s eFootball 2022 was mainly the bugs and changes to the fundamentals of the Pro Evolution Soccer franchise. The glitches happening in the game were absolutely insane as they reshaped the players, showed weird animations and trashed the game’s graphics entirely. Later, Konami apologised for the problems in a tweet, but fans were still disappointed.
— eFootball (@play_eFootball) October 1, 2021
Critics also rated the game as one of the worst, if not the worst, in the Pro Evolution Soccer series. Some players are still not satisfied with the filed trademark as they are sceptical of Konami, but there is still hope that this upcoming Pro Powerful Soccer game will address all, if not most of, the issues and redeem the franchise once again. However, this information is to be taken with a grain of salt, as this is just a filed trademark and nothing more, which could be false but it’s unlikely.
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