We are getting closer and closer to the release of United Football League (UFL), the new name in the football video game market and which should challenge FIFA and eFootball.
EA Sports and Konami have long held monopolies in the football video game industry, but now face a battle to retain their loyal supporters with a Cristiano Ronaldo-backed release that is sure to please many.
Details about the UFL emerge all the time, so here’s a rundown of everything we know so far…
UFL is a brand new football video game developed by Strikerz Inc. It was announced at gamescom in Cologne in August 2021 and anticipation has been building for its release ever since.
Strikerz Inc. has teamed up with FIFPRO, an organization that represents 65,000 professional footballers, as well as analytics firm InStat, for the title.
Strikerz Inc. has yet to announce an exact release date for UFL, but the game will drop sometime in 2022.
A fall launch seems likely given that’s when FIFA’s main competitors tend to launch, and will also coincide with the new 2022/23 season. Be sure to check back here for updates once the UFL confirms the official release date.
The unique and extremely attractive feature of UFL is that it is designed to be a free-to-play title with some in-app purchases, going through comments from Strikerz Inc. when the game was announced.
“The game will be available for free, and we will regularly add new features and updates without mandatory payment or annual fees,” reads a press release. “The game is designed to be a fair experience that involves a skill-based approach and no pay-to-win options.”
Typically, you’re looking to part with the best part of £50 if you want to buy copies of FIFA on release, so this is potentially a huge development for the football games industry.
Strikerz Inc. has yet to confirm which devices you’ll be able to play UFL on, but the initial press release said the game would be available on “consoles.”
If so, you can expect to see it available on the following sites:
A PC version also seems likely.
The UFL allows players to create their own football clubs made up of more than 5,000 licensed footballers.
Users will be able to compete against opponents from around the world in a range of game modes. These include online and offline 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3 matches. There will also be a “Missions & Challenges” mode, with more details to come soon.
UFL’s flagship mode has also been compared to FIFA’s Ultimate Team series.
The following clubs are fully licensed on the UFL:
In addition to having eight fully licensed clubs, the UFL has also secured the endorsement of a series of top players.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Kevin De Bruyne all announced the game on their social media, and they also appeared in the gameplay trailer which was released in January.