Celtic Park to feature in eFootball 2022 as PES makers try out new formula

By Euan Davidson

September 30, 2021

Fans of the PES series and Celtic, you can officially relax; Paradise will feature in eFootball 2022.

While the Bhoys don’t feature in the launch version that came out today [NME], Konami still hold exclusive rights to Celtic Park [RealSport101], and have a long-term partnership with the club.

In September last year, the video game makers renewed their deal with Celtic for future releases [Konami]. From today’s launch, though, you can only play with FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Manchester United, Arsenal FC, Corinthians, Flamengo, River Plate, and São Paulo.

Celtic and Rangers will follow in future updates. The game, relaunched as eFootball, is free-to-play online, following an entirely different format from previous iterations.

With a focus more on online play, regularly featured updates and head-to-head encounters, Konami have shaken up their approach. Whether you can play out a Scottish Premiership season with Celtic remains to be seen.

For the realism of club competitions, FIFA probably remains the best bet. However, with in-game purchases and a better online product than previous offerings, eFootball 2022 hope to have the edge in the football wars this year.

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Celtic Park will once again be playable as eFootball 2022 adds clubs

For football gamers of a certain vintage, the last time Celtic Park was a playable stadium was when Codemasters released Club Football [Retro Games].

It was not good. So when Celtic Park arrived on PES in 2019, it was a genuine delight.

FIFA continues to frustrate. Celtic fans can’t play at Paradise in the franchise, and the player likenesses aren’t particularly great. The realism of more teams, licensed European competitions et al, though, is an attractive feature.

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Whereas on eFootball 2022, as we’re required to now call it, you can play at Celtic Park, but not in licensed Euro competitions. You won’t see Celtic lift the Europa League, for example.

How Konami get on eFootball 2022 will be an interesting acid test for the future. As a late 20-something person, I much prefer taking Celtic through a league season than being harassed by teenagers playing as PSG through a headset. I’m not very good.

But online play is very popular. Will Celtic fans flock to eFootball, or will FIFA win out, despite no Paradise?

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