We were treated to a very short and intriguing look at something called UFL during Gamescom Opening Night Live earlier this week, which is a console football game aiming to take on FIFA and eFootball in the future.
UFL has been in development for five years already, and will be a free-to-play game centring around "managing your club, forming a roster, developing tactics and competing with other gamers in seasons to prove your skills and climb to the very top of the league." It's also said to be featuring more than 5000 licensed footballers.
This information comes from an IGN interview with the game's developers earlier this week, where they elaborated on why they're deciding to enter the football game space, which has traditionally been difficult to succeed in:
“Football video games have been on the market for more than 25 years. However, the games on the market today have failed to innovate: over the years, football simulators have barely updated themselves to keep up with modern gaming trends, mechanics and business models. The community has been complaining about it for years.”
“Perhaps existing football games, with an eye toward their strong legacy, have found it difficult to change and bring new features in a timely manner. UFL, on the other hand, is a brand-new game that embodies and reflects gamers’ hopes and expectations.”
We haven't seen any gameplay footage yet, so it's difficult to get a grasp on what to expect from UFL right now, but the team says that ‘Fair to Play’ is their mantra, and they have a "zero tolerance" policy for pay-to-win elements.
It could be a while before we see anything more of this, but it's already been confirmed that UFL is targeting Xbox and PlayStation consoles at launch (possibly adding PC down the line), so we'll keep a close eye on this one.
"UFL is a global online football league where only your skills matter."
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