The very, very long awaited debut of Jon Hare’s spiritual sequel to Sensible Soccer has finally got a release window on PC and consoles. It’s been a very long time, the game was Kickstarted in 2015 but then pulled from Kickstarter just three weeks later and moved to become an independently financed game.
In February 2017 it was announced that the game would miss it’s Q1 2017 release window, and that included the PSVR version of the game but an Early Access version was available on Steam. After that the game was stuck in development hell for quite a while before finally releasing in 2019 as a mobile title on Apple Arcade.
The game will now be released on PC via Steam, Nintendo Switch, Sony PlayStation 4 and 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X/S in Q1 2022. It’s being developed by Tower Studios, which is Jon Hare’s mobile studio, and published by Kiss Publishing Limited. Players who bought the Early Access version of the game back in 2017 will get a code for the new release.
Note to Tower Studios: Maybe update your website? You’re still promoting PlayStation Mini games.
The PC and console version of the game features:
- Enhanced graphics and animations
- Enhanced gameplay, strategy & AI
- Collectible legend players per club
- Challenges and battle pass system
- Improved PVP matchmaking & customisable difficulty
- Update to all 1,000 teams & 30,000 players for 21/22 season
There’s no mention of the VR version of the game which was “60% complete” back in 2017, I’ve asked Tower if it has been cancelled.
Tower Studios CEO Jon Hare said: “Sociable Soccer has been a labour of love since we first started working on the game as a PC title in 2015. With the game firmly established on Apple Arcade we’ve found the perfect partner in KPL to take it to Steam, Switch, PlayStation and Xbox. We’ve always thought of Sociable Soccer as an organic football franchise – and it’s going to be growing more over the next few years.”
Source: Press release