Cast your mind back to August of last year, and you might recall a new football (soccer) game that was announced at Gamescom called UFL. Today, it's received its first very gameplay trailer, and it's looking very promising so far.

You can watch the new trailer above, which shows various snippets of raw gameplay alongside a look at the polished menu screens and impressive cutscenes, while also confirming that none other than Cristiano Ronaldo has signed on as an official partner. Impressive stuff!

The game has been in development for six years at this point, and the team says they're in the final stages of this now, but the (2022) release date won't be announced "until it's ready". UFL will be a free-to-play experience in which the goal is to build your team and compete with others to climb to the top of the seasonal rankings, and game modes will include 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, the ability to play with friends, and an offline mode for casual play as well.

One of the big focuses of UFL is that it's "fair to play" with a "skill-first approach and zero tolerance for pay-to-win options" (via IGN). If the development team at Strikerz Inc. can pull this off, they'll have a genuine FIFA and eFootball competitor on their hands — and it's been a long time since anyone's managed that.

For a more in-depth look at UFL including some behind-the-scenes footage, check the video below.

"UFL is a global online football league where only your skills matter."

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