Jon Hare’s Spiritual Successor To Sensible Soccer Now On Kickstarter

Following hot on the heels of Dino Dini’s return to the football genre, 16 bit super hero Jon Hare is back with a spiritual successor to the all time classic, Sensible Soccer.

Sociable Soccer will be developed, under Jon Hare’s guidance, by a new team of developers who have previously be involved in creating such as Max Payne, Alan Wake, Super Stardust Delta, and The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land.


The game will include over 500 National, Club and Custom teams with over 10,000 “researched player names”, whatever that means, and everything will be editable. As well as the classic top down view the game will also feature dynamic pitchside cameras, like the ones found in FIFA and PES.

“For years I have been planning the spiritual successor to Sensible Soccer,” explained Jon. “Competing with FIFA and PES requires much more than just a remake, it needs a different take on football games altogether, blending the instant playability of yesteryear with the power of modern technology.”

The game will be released on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 around Christmas 2016 and you can back the project and get a copy of the game for as little as £12. The target for the Kickstarter is a very reasonable £300,000.

Source: Kickstarter



  1. I have a very wide smile at the moment. This was a massive hit when I was much, much younger and I can’t wait to get my hands on it for PS4.

    Not the best kickstarter video, I think my uncle Dave did it in an afternoon on his camera-phone (I have taught him how to how the phone in landscape when he’s taking videos!).

  2. Dunno why but when I read “researched player names” I immediately thought of Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge that had the other racers listed as Nijel Mainsail, Ayrton Sendup etc. Same era I guess…

    Can’t stand football IRL and you’d never get me playing FIFA or PES but I recall enjoying the occasional game of Sensible Soccer with my best mate on the ST; when all this were nowt but fields!

    Says something about the accessibility of the original game that it was fun even if you don’t like the sport, or perhaps it was just the simplicity and competitiveness between us and the fact it was football was largely irrelevant?!

    • Its arcade football. I loved it as well and I hate football :)

  3. Hmm, I actually don’t like how the game looks – out of all the pixelated indie games we get on PS4, this remake would be the only one I would want that way! It doesn’t look right with modern character models.

    Loved the Sensible World of Soccer though! If I recall I had to wait around an hour for my Amiga600 (still in the loft!) to load the end of season standings since it covered so many leagues and divisions! Those were the days.

    Oh, and Hristo Stoichkov was an absolute boss on that game!

  4. Looks like there is finally a kickstarter i can get behind

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