Rumours are circulating that Konami’s yearly football game is going free-to-play. Australia’s videogame classification website recently put a “G” rating on something called Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 Free To Play. It’s still there, too, so it looks like it’s legit.
Players who were annoyed by the lackluster visuals of the PC version, or the grueling wait for the in-game rosters to be updated, likely won’t be too happy about a free version of the game they paid for kicking about alongside the premium version.
Whatever form the game might take, though, is currently guesswork.
Konami have already been experimenting with microtransactions in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, but this could be the publisher’s big step in that direction.
What this could mean for the future, who knows. It will likely come down to the success of these experiments.
Konami haven’t commented on the listing yet, but we will update this story when/if they do.