Jon Hare’s Sociable Soccer hits Kickstarter


One of my favourite ever football games was Sensible Software’s Sensible Soccer. It was fast, it was accurate, it was simply brilliant. I’ve longed for a new version on Xbox One for a little while. Jon Hare, one of Sensible Software’s founders has finally announced one.

Sociable Soccer is looking for backers though, and it’s turned to the community for help on Kickstarter.

The title is touted as the spiritual successor to Sensible Soccer and if it plays like the original then the FIFA series is going to have a new rival for it’s table-topping crown.

Sociable Soccer will feature 500 national, club and custom teams with 10,000 player names. The game won’t be officially licensed though, so the kits and names will be as close as they can be without the specter of legal action looming.

Jon Hare himself is looking to compete with the big-hitters, as he suggested to Eurogamer;

Competing with FIFA and PES requires much more than just a remake. It needs a different take on football games altogether, blending the instant playability of yesteryear with the power of modern technology.

Codemasters still own the license rights to Sensible Soccer, however, and it doesn’t look like Jon and his Finnish team at Tower Studios will be getting that back;

Codemasters is entitled to do what they like with Sensible Soccer. It’s their license now. I understand why people associate me with it, because I designed it. But I can’t control the license any more and I’ve not been able to for 16 years.

At the time of writing there are only 24 days left to back this, or maybe a publisher can come in and snap this up. Maybe, just maybe it’s too much to hope for Codemasters to pop their head up and say ‘Hey, we’d love to work with this and we’ll call it Sensible Soccer’.

Pie-in-the-sky thinking? I can dream.

Personally, I hope Sociable Soccer makes it to Xbox One soon.

Here’s the frankly bonkers Kickstarter announcement.

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