There's a new Kick Off game in development.
Dino Dini's Kick Off Revival is a reboot of the veteran football series, and is due out on PlayStation 4 and Vita in 2016.
As the title suggests, Kick Off creator Dino Dini is on board, and is working with The Digital Lounge (who published the console versions of Another World 20th Anniversary Edition).
The first Kick Off game came out in 1989 for the Amiga and the Atari ST. It spawned several sequels, as well as Player Manager, but we haven't seen a new Kick Off game since 2002.
"I want to bring back reward for effort and dedication," Dini said.
"In Kick Off, scoring was hard, but when you succeeded nothing compared with that feeling of achievement. The moment when you score should be all yours, not as a bystander, but as a participant. You and the ball against your opponent and the goal keeper. It is up to you whether you fail or succeed. That is what football is all about, and that is what I wish to revive again."
Here's some more from Dini about how the new Kick Off will play from the PlayStation Blog:
So, what can you expect from the new Kick Off? The important things will not change. 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.
The game is going to be in 3D, but only because it is actually easier to make games like that these days. I may offer different camera views, but the default views will be the classic top down approach of Kick Off 2 and GOAL!, perhaps with small adjustments.
The spirit will be that of the old games, but designed with the modern hardware in mind. This is particularly true of the controllers. 25 years ago home computers used an eight-direction joystick with one button. These were digital, not analogue. You could only aim in eight directions. The new game will make full use of the analogue controls, and the gameplay is tuned to work with these. The effect is that the feel and the spirit of the original game is retained, but the possibilities for precision and skill are vastly improved.
There's no gameplay footage yet, but we do have the video, below, in which Dini talks about Kick Off. All we need now is a new Sensible Soccer and the time warp will be complete.