EA Sports FC 24 has been in stores for some time now, but there is no real competition. The makers of Sociable Soccer 24 want to change that, with the necessary middle fingers.
Aside from eFootball (formerly Pro Evolution Soccer), competition for EA Sports FC 24 is actually ending. The makers of Sociable Soccer 24 are more than fed up with that and are getting in on the action. Rock-hard soccer action.
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Sociable Soccer 24: the EA Sports FC 24 competitor?
Sociable Soccer 24 is being created by Jon Hare. He was responsible in the past for Sensible Soccer, which appeared on the Amiga and Atari ST in 1992, a year before the first game in the FIFA series (known today as EA Sports FC).
Jon Hare can safely be called a flamboyant figure in the gaming world. He also used to make Sensible Golf, a game he does not look back on with satisfaction, however. “That time I was mostly focused on Sex, Drugs ‘n Rock ‘n Roll,” he says. After that, he mostly released some insipid (soccer) games, but Sociable Soccer should change everything and compete with EA Sports FC 24.
Sociable Soccer promises to be something special. Namely, it is the first arcade action game to be licensed by the soccer trade association FIFPRO. As a result, there are real player names in the game. So you just play with Luca Modric, Frenkie de Jong and Erling Braut Haaland.
Sweeping the floor
As mentioned, this game is more arcade, which should lead to a faster game and just a little less realism. With this, Hare really wants to compete with EA Sports FC 24. He opens the attack on loot boxes and has a pretty strong opinion on that.
“EA Sports FC 24 and the like unintentionally raise kids as gamblers. They do that by stuffing their overpriced, overhyped simulations full of loot boxes and other kinds of treasure chests. We are the only game in the world that offers arcade soccer for less than half the price and with 13,000 real soccer players that you unlock for free,” he tells TechRadar.
Anyone who thinks these are sharp statements does not yet know Hare. He continues, “We can’t compete with the marketing budget and graphics of these f*ckers. We can, however, wipe the floor with them when it comes to price-quality and playability.”
Whether that’s actually the truth, you’ll see on Nov. 16. That’s when the game comes out on PC. The versions for PlayStation 4 and 5 and Xbox One and Series S and X should come out later, but at least before Christmas.