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We Are Football aims to take on the football (soccer) sim genre

by: Rob -
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There's really only one name that towers above the competition when it comes to football simulations (aka soccer sims for the less evolved): Football Manager (aka FM). Sport Interactive's seminal entry into the space is the standard by which all others are measured. And fort the most part, no one seems game to really take on the giant, except in the mobile space where cheap clones can be found in abundance. But that's more a function of the mobile marketplace, a breeding grounds for cheap clones than a real challenge on the dominance of FM. 

Along comes THQ Nordic trying to challenge that narrative with We Are Football. The teaser trailer below doesn't go into great detail, but does start to give a glimpse of what I think they are striving for: a management sim that is big on features, but also not as ingrained in the menus and nuance that often make Football Manager more of a chore to, well manage instead of actually play.

Driving this game is Gerald Köhler who did spend about 10 years running EA Sports Football Manager up until around 2010, just before EA would pull the plug on that series. Taking what was best about that long cancelled series along with the press release highlighting We Are Football's strengths, it all lends a lot of credence to that feeling that this will be an easier game to pick up and progress with, rather than jumping into the deep end of FM. We Are Football's key features:

  • Easy to grasp: learn the details while you play
  • A throwback to classic traditional management games
  • Vast management options: control Finance, Sponsors, HR, Organisation, Fan Support, Club Members, Stock Market, Fan Funds and more
  • Develop your management skills like in RPGs
  • All recent developments of professional football will find their way into the game
  • Detailed team and player stats
  • Modern training and realistic training schedules
  • Individual player skill trees
  • Complete psychological profiles for your players to find the perfect harmony for your team
  • Control the development of young players years before they sign their first contract
  • Match-engine with focus on the ball and players who participate in offensive manoeuvres
  • Spectacular half-time speeches
  • Build your stadium and your club area in 3D, and visit your club’s museum
  • Use the in-built assessment test to find your perfect club
The press release also highlights the editor, pinpointing the customization options in the game like:
  • All countries of the world can be edited
  • Women’s and men’s leagues
  • You can choose to take the official or the edited data, whenever you start a game
  • Expendable name lists for different languages
  • Optional automatic generation of players and teams to fill up your leagues
  • Powerful editor for badges and jerseys
  • Integrate your own graphics

We Are Football is coming to PC June 10th, 2021.