Amiga classic Kick Off to see a PlayStation release in 2016!
If you are as old as me you’ll probably be familiar with the football (or soccer for our American friends) games from the 1990s, and in a time before FIFA one game was king: Kick Off. Well, at least until Sensible Soccer turned up.
Kick Off was predominantly played by the masses on the Amiga and the Atari ST and was developed by legendary British game developer Dino Dini, who posted on the EU Blog today to confirm that a Vita/PS4 version of Kick Off is in the works, which is very welcome news for those of us missing that itch.
Dino stated that after being inspired by the indie resurgence and having been given a development kit by Shahid from Strategic Content, he “knew he had to try one more time”.
After working on a prototype in his spare time, Dino was able to show off a demo and now he is working on the game full time.
Kick Off existed in a time before the Premier League, before the big money and the licenses and was renowned for the gameplay. Dino says that those important things will not change, that “the ball is not stuck to your feet, you can shoot the way you want; aiming and swerving the ball will be 100% under your control”.
Dino confirmed that the game will be in 3D, mainly because he feels that it is easier to make games like that these days, but the default views will be the classic top down view that gamers will probably have loved from the original games.
Dino also said that the game will continue in the spirit of the old games; but Kick Off was controlled by an eight-direction joystick with a single button. Modern gameplay allows for multi-directional control and the gameplay will be tuned to modern standards which allows for improvements in precision and skill.
I know that this unexpected news is very welcome for me, and I can’t wait to find out more! We will bring you more news on TVL as we have it. In the meantime, why not follow Dino on Twitter? @dndn1011.