Soccer MMO Football Superstars is, on paper, a sure thing. Combining the mass appeal of the FIFA and PES series’ with elements of MMORPG’s like World of Warcraft, it’s an idea so fiendishly simple you wonder why nobody has done it before. Take the world’s most popular sport, sprinkle with WoW-esque addicting dust and all of a sudden you’ve got yourself a hit. Well, that’s the idea anyway.
Thankfully for developers Monumental it looks like they may just have got it right. According to The Guardian over 100,000 people have registered for the game so far and new recruits are coming in at a rate of 3000 a day. Free to download and requiring low system specs to run, Football Superstars is aiming for the masses. And with a closed beta now out of the way and with only the backend of the QA process left before release, this game could be huge.
In the game, players take control of a 16 year old pro at the dawn of his (or her) career. You start out in small 3-a-side games, the goal being to develop into a fully fledged International star. Matches support 10 v 10 play (only the goalkeepers are NPCs) and take place in tournaments, leagues and ‘drop-in’ friendlies. Much like any MMO your character levels up attributes as you progress, and fame and riches await the most successful.
It’s this aspect of the game which most affects Football Superstars off the pitch. As you gain fame and wealth you will unlock exclusive clubs, bars, restaurants and shops to hang out in. Of course the phrase ‘free-to-play’ is rarely seen without its team mate ‘microtransaction’, so expect to pay real money to invest in things like boots, cars and clothes. Indeed Monumental has already signed a deal with Puma to create a virtual replica of its flagship London store.
The official release date for Football Superstars is yet to be announced but you can be the first to know by signing up for the game here.