GOALS football game: Everything you need to know
GOALS is the latest football game to be confirmed as in development, with its Stockholm-based dev team hoping to oust FIFA and eFootball as the dominant forces in the current landscape. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming football title.
While the football game market has been largely dominated by FIFA and eFootball, formerly Pro Evolution Soccer, there’s a new competitor in town hoping to hit the back of the net with a winner.
GOALS, the latest attempt to bring the beautiful game to our screens, is the brainchild of SK Gaming co-founder Andreas Thorstensson, who hopes to integrate NFTs and free-to-play systems to outdo his competitors. It joins EFL football as an attempt to overthrow the continued dominance of the world’s two biggest football games.
So, if you want to take to the pitch GOALS style, here’s everything you need to know about the new team on the block so far.
- Is there a release date?
- Do we know what platforms GOALS will be on?
- Cinematic trailer
- Will GOALS be free-to-play?
There is currently no release date for GOALS, as the title was only announced on July 22, 2021. As soon as we know anything we’ll be sure to update this section with more information.
We expect more information to come in Fall of 2022, with the dev team confirming their intention to launch the game “way too early” and in a “poor” state. While it sounds bizarre, the goal is to allow player feedback to shape core gameplay mechanics.
While we have confirmation that crossplay will be implemented for GOALS, we’re currently in the dark about what platforms the game will launch on.
Given that it’s touted as a AAA title, there’s a good chance it’ll be released on big formats like the PS5 and Xbox Series X, also, as an esports scene is also in the works, it’s safe to say we’ll likely see the title appear on PC too.
While we’ve not had a proper look at gameplay or graphics as of yet, teasers have confirmed the free-to-play nature of the title and given us a glimpse into the development process, with a brief cinematic trailer releasing back in December 2021.
All the information we have on GOALS reiterates its community focus, claiming it will prioritize being enjoyable and player-friendly over expensive animations or extravagant modes.
Yes, GOALS will be free-to-play upon release. With both FIFA and eFootball consistently coming under fire for their reliance on micro-transactions, the idea of free-to-play is something most virtual footballers will be overjoyed at.
The second is the notion of crossplay, something else that is confirmed that neither eFootball nor FIFA have at the moment. Additionally, this also implies that the game will be available across multiple platforms.
4/ GOALS is a AAA football game. Free to play, cross-play, multiplayer first and esports ready. It will use a play to earn model where time spent and skill in the game will be rewarded through digital assets (NFTs) so more people hopefully can make a living playing the game.
— Andreas Thorstensson (@andreas) August 18, 2021
GOALS will feature a market similar to that found in FIFA Ultimate Team, with the difference being that all items will totally belong to the player. On the game’s official website it reads, “Every asset will be fully owned by the player and can be traded freely on an open marketplace. The choice will be easy when comparing GOALS to other football games: experience better gameplay and get rewarded for your time. Play-AND-earn.”
One of the biggest questions for football fans is if GOALS will feature any official licensing. Both eFootball and FIFA have agreements to use the branding likeness of real-world players and teams in their games to varying degrees.
With GOALS being a newcomer to the scene, as well as a free-to-play title, having the proper teams, players, and logos would be a huge win.
At this time, there is no word on whether or not the developers have any agreements to include superstars from the real sport. From the marketing so far, however, there is a distinct lack of familiar faces.
It isn’t just in the game’s free-to-play model that is set to challenge FIFA and eFootball, Goals is also looking to take over the competitive scene. In the announcement trailer, the game was described as “esports ready,” but unfortunately didn’t go into specifics.
That’s everything we know about GOALS so far! As more information is released regarding this FIFA and eFootball competitor, we’ll be sure to add it right here!
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