Soccer Story

I’m a sucker for charming pixel-art RPGs, so I’ve had my eye on Soccer Story since it was first revealed back in August. This game combines pixels and voxels for a 3D take on the classic pixelated look, and the gameplay blends RPG elements with soccer. Since I was hugely disappointed by Mario Strikers: Battle League earlier this year, I’m really itching to make up for it with some solid soccer-based action.

Well, it looks like I’ll get to do that in just a couple short weeks, as Soccer Story has an official release date of November 29, 2022.

The description in today’s press release is actually pretty awesome, so I’m going to share that in full:

A year after The Calamity tore apart the very foundations of soccer (it’s called football actually) as we know it. Since then, Soccer Inc. has taken full control of the sport and has BANNED anyone from even CONSIDERING kicking a ball around. Christiano Ronaldo? More like, Ronal-no!

Luckily, a magical football has descended from the heavens and has chosen you, The Savior of Soccer, and, –you’ll get a kick out of this – you’ve been tasked with saving the future of the sport and bringing harmony to the world once more.

Of course, there are two offsides to every story, so let’s give the obviously cartoonishly evil soccer-deniers the benefit of the doubt and let the story unfold.

Soccer Story

And then there’s a feature list, also pulled straight from the press release:

  • Drop your soccer ball and play anywhere! The world is full of goals, puzzles and secrets – it’s up to you to find them!
  • Play a single-player story full of quirky characters, quests, rogue refs, and wacky soccer-adjacent sports.
  • Build your soccer career and do battle against the fiercest soccer teams like literal sharks, toddlers, old-age pensioners, and ninjas.
  • Save soccer and restore peace and harmony to the world.
  • Grab a friend for a four-player local multiplayer match mode with a full roster of teams and animal captains.

I’m going to be honest, you had me at “FISHING MINIGAME!” and yes, fishing minigames deserve the all-caps treatment.

Soccer Story is coming to PC and consoles, though the press release is very, very clear about the fact that this won’t be on Stadia. As far as I can tell, by “consoles,” they mean “PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch.” So, pretty much everything. Except Stadia. R.I.P.

You can wishlist Soccer Story on Steam, and you should definitely check out the reveal trailer for the game below.

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