Sociable Soccer – Billion dollar Chinese company to publish football game in Autumn 2018; creator of multi-platform title available for interview at Gamescom

Sociable Soccer – billion dollar Chinese company to publish football game in Autumn 2018; creator of multi-platform title available for interview at Gamescom

International independent development company Tower Studios will be attending Gamescom on the 21st-25thAugust and will be available to discuss the company’s ground breaking game publishing deal with telecoms giant China Mobile in Asia ahead of its Autumn 2018 release.

The company is the creator of sports game Sociable Soccer. It is a fast paced arcade style cross platform football game from the designer of Sensible Soccer.

It lets players pick a club to manage from six national leagues (China, England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France), then build and upgrade their team with the top player cards from all six leagues. They will then be able to compete in online leagues against other fans across the world.

The mobile version of the game will buck industry trends by publishing in China first, before it releases in the West. 

Tower Studios’ partnership with China Mobile – a billion dollar valued company with over 900m subscribers – and Crazy Sports – a Beijing publisher which currently holds the rights to the Chinese Super League (CSL) – will enable it to enter the Chinese domestic market in Autumn 2018.

It also means that Sociable Soccer features the official CSL license. This means that players across the world will be able to take control of players like Tianjin Quanjian’s Belgium playmaker Axel Witsel, Shandong Luneng’s Italian striker Graziano Pelle and Guanzhou Evergrande’s Brazilian forward Talisca in game. 

Jon Hare, the founder of Tower Studios, will be available at Gamescom to discuss in detail:

  • How an independent development studio managed to carve out a deal with one of the biggest companies in the world (and how the DIT and games industry trade body Ukie helped it to happen).
  • Why the company has taken a “China First” strategy and to provide advice for developers looking to build relationships within the market.
  • Where this cross-platform game is headed next on mobile, PC and console over the coming year.

Tower Studios will also be showing a playable build of Sociable Soccer featuring the official CSL content.

Tower Studios is delighted to have signed a deal with China Mobile and Crazy Sports to get the Sociable Soccer ball rolling,” said Jon Hare, CEO of Tower Studios.

Along with our development partners Combo Breaker, we’ve devoted nearly 3 years to building a light, accessible alternative to the likes of FIFA and PES across all platforms. We’re delighted that a company of China Mobile’s stature is the first to have seen our vision and backed our aims”.

Zhuo Zhang, Vice President of Crazy Sports said “CrazySports is pleased to be teaming up with Tower Studios to bring Sociable Soccer to both CrazySports and China Mobile’s audiences. We believe it is a great partnership for us and the Chinese Super League and we look forward to bringing a brilliant football game to the tremendous amount of Chinese users.”

 

More information about Sociable Soccer

Platforms: Mobile, PC and console.

Website: https://sociablesoccer.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sociablesoccer/

Screenshots and logos: Attached to email and available at https://sociablesoccer.com/mediakit/

About Tower Studios
Tower Studios is an independent game studio with an international difference. The company is owned by Jon Hare, co-founder of legendary dev house Sensible Software and works with development and publishing partners all over the world, including Combo Breaker based in Helsinki, Finland. Previous Tower Studios releases include The Bitmap Brothers’ Speedball 2, Word Explorer and Vivid Games’ Shoot to Kill on mobile devices, Steam, Mac and Playstation Plus

About Crazy Sports
Crazy Sports is a Beijing based video game publisher. The company, which specialises in publishing sports titles, secured the rights to create online games using the Chinese Super League (CSL) license for six years – growing a new revenue stream for the CSL in the process. Crazy Sports’s team includes the creator of hit Chinese football games FM Worlds, Fantasy World Cup and the recently released Football Dream Team.

Website: http://fengkuang.cn/

About China Mobile
China Mobile is the world’s largest telecommunication provider. The company provides mobile and media services for the Chinese market. It has an estimated value of over $1,5 billion dollars and over 900m subscribers. Sociable Soccer is being published with the assistance of Migu Interactive, the company’s entertainment content subsidiary.

 

March Progress Update

A zoomed out camera is one of our most requested features since the last update in December and we’re looking into it. Here’s a view from higher up that you might like. Pause the game and try the D key to fly around with the drone.

Hi guys!

We’ve been talking about the online version for quite a while now, at the same time we have been doing new builds for Android and iOS. They were shown at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco this week.

We’ve told you before, this year’s work has partly been focused around refactoring code to make it easier to do changes to the engine. We’re getting where we want but the progress is painfully slow as some of you already pointed out. The version we are showing at the GDC contains the following elements.

Things that are in the GDC version and that hopefully will be in the next Steam Early Access update.
– Online will be available in an early non-optimized version where proximity (closeness to your opponent) will be the biggest decisive factor to how well it works. At this stage you will only be able to invite Steam friends as we want people to have the best matches possible with a minimum of delay. We’ll have a thread where people can write if they are up for a match and also our chat channel on Discord will be used to pair users.
– Tactics have been redone so that you can compare player stats in your squad and decide who is better suited to play. There will also be some other options that will be blacked out for now but you’ll get a hint of what is to come.
– Referee on screen to show yellow and red cards.
– Many technical fixes that gave users a game that froze.

Things we are working on for the next Steam Early Access update.
– Zoomed out camera. This was one of the most requested things after the last patch. You guys wanted a camera that didn’t move that much. We hope to please you.
– Various graphical design updates.
– Control Screen will be updated after making the hoof button unable to perform a tackle in the December update.
– Manager mode. In addition to playing the games you can now just watch the AI play vs itself with your tactical choices. (not sure this one will make it into the update, but it’s coming)

Currently we are also making new animations for the engine. Our latest crew member Steven has started with goalie animations. The goalkeepers you see in the game right now have 6 animations, and when we are finished they’ll have 29. All in all 133 animations are planned to be added in all aspects of gameplay. It will be a step by step procedure just like everything else.  When we have something to announce about Steven’s work we’ll let you know.

Stay Sociable everyone and let’s enjoy spring, football, and more updates! 

Thoughts? Comment below!

February progress update

Hi guys,

We are working on the online tech for the game right now. Menus, matchmaking, and a lot of integrating of things into the engine. Adding online will of course be huge for the game and eventually you’ll be able to play it in friendlies, DIY for up to 8 players, and in the build your team mode.

  • We’ve also added many new haircuts for the players.
  • We’ve worked on staff you can add to your management team in the build your team mode.
  • We are discussing if we should have some sort of stamina, so that people can’t overexploit certain players.

Let us know what you think!

Stay Sociable!
Cheers!

 

January work in progress update

Hi guys!

Right now we’re refactoring our code and this will give us greater control over things like:
* game cameras
* calling up menu items during the game (for things like substitution menus)
* game statistics
* the main card collecting game mode
*AND after this Online play

As usual we will do things in steps and we’ll hopefully have some news to share about the features at the end of January.

We’d also like to thank our fans that helped us become the 3rd most trending football game on Steam during the holidays after PES and Football Manager. We are really enjoying your support and feedback and we hope you will help us continue to grow.

Thanks and stay Sociable!
#sociablefist 👊

Community Manager looks forward to 2018

Hey guys,

Your community manager here writing to you in the middle of the night. Yesterday the team met up in Helsinki. Well all but me because I am stuck in Sweden for now. I hope to join the others shortly though to spend some time together and work on our marketing strategies.

It’s now been almost 3 months since we released the game on Steam Early Access and the response is good for being a multiplayer game that is still not online. We hope to change that pretty soon though. Other things we will be working on in the near future are tactics, substitutions, penalties, free kick walls, yellow and red cards, suspensions, injuries etc – basic stuff in football  that are still not in our game. Don’t expect it all to come at the same time, but expect it to slowly arrive, step by step.

We had our first reduced price when we put the game on holiday sale for 14.99€ and that sold us a few extra copies even bringing us to the “top sellers” on steam sports games for a while during Christmas. Now we are back at €19.99 again. Thanks to all our fans for buying the game and following us – it means the world.

So the community. Yes the community is very active on Discord, and on our FB and Twitter and I get the question “when is it out on PS4 and Nintendo Switch?” a lot. All we can say right now is that work will begin on console and mobile when the Steam Early Access Windows version is finished. We need to finish it on one format before we go on to another. Hopefully once it is finished on Windows the conversion to other formats won’t take that long.

We also have the real FIFA World Cup to look forward to and I would love for us to have a Single player World Cup Career Mode. In my fantasy you would pick your team, pick your squad, keep morale high in the squad, answer to the media, collect manager points for results, unlock classic players, etc etc. For me that would be a dream and something with a real replay value. I’m visionary and none of the above has been taken on by our designer yet, but you can still dream right?

Thanks again for your support and I’ll make sure you guys are in the loop as much as possible in 2018. Stay Sociable everyone!

/Gustav

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of our fans and followers!

Happy holidays everyone! Let’s look forward to big changes on the pitch for 2018 including online multiplayer. At the present we are also working on the tactics screen. We’ve been moving offices during Christmas and this has taken some time from our development, on the other hand, we will have a new fresh environment when we continue next year.  We are all looking forward to taking the game to the next level.

The game will be on sale for a limited time during the holidays on Steam. https://goo.gl/YuyH6R

Thanks for all of your support!

Sick patch out! Player selection improved, graphics worked on and huge database update for 17-18 Season

Hey Hey!

This is your community manager (Gustav) back to give you some excellent news. We’ve been kind of sick here, sick from working so hard on updating this game… Our lead programmer managed to click the upload button on this patch a few days ago before going into a heavy feverish state + sleep. Therefore no list of what has been done, but expect that to be up in a few days.

My general knowledge of what has been changed is:

– Player selection has been improved, particularly in defense. It is now easier to get the player you want when defending.

– Graphics has been improved, everything now looks a bit sharper, crowds are better and we added pitch textures and made things a bit brighter. Try with the button T in-game to see some changes.

– Huge database update from last patch.
60 new clubs added
3,600 new players added
8,600 players transferred
30,000 players revised

Please discuss the database update here
http://steamcommunity.com/app/636690/discussions/0/1500126447387784461/

Thanks for all your support and keep sharing our posts. We are moving in a very very sweet direction! Cheers!

(Patch: 4) Lead Programmer Gone Rogue, Part 2


Sociable Soccer Mega Patch is now released on Steam.

http://store.steampowered.com/news/?appids=636690

Lead Programmer Gone Rogue, Part 2

They tried to stop me… they said there are still things to fix, features to add, but I wanted you to have this update. Today. Even if our Community Manager murders me twice. (He’ll see this post in a few hours.)

The change list is immense – I don’t expect anyone to actually read through this one in depth – but the key thing you should know is that two of the biggest sticking points, AI and goalkeepers, are much better than at launch. Players have physical bodies that deflect balls, player selection is much improved, crashes reduced… but look out for the Robot Overlords. Flip the switch in the Options menu only if feeling adventurous, or in need of a real challenge.

Note: if you have problems, experience crashes or hangs, please let us know in the forums, and share your log text and savefiles with us if you can.

– fixed: camera now defaults to the mode previous match was played with
– fixed: much improved player selection, especially in edge cases
– fixed: AI now plays a much stronger game than before
– fixed: AI scaling in Boss Mode matches adjusted
– fixed: critical bug causing fouls to hang the match at 45 and 90 minute mark
– fixed: reduced shadow acne on players in advanced lighting mode
– fixed: physics cleaned up, resulting in more consistent ball movement and bounces
– fixed: ball bouncing off posts and bar improved
– fixed: goalkeepers have proper response times graded by goal keeper level
– fixed: goalkeepers deflect the ball more towards sides of the goal
– fixed: penalty shoot-out should be mostly playable (work in progress)
– fixed: toggling Performance Info now displays a small FPS counter
– fixed: few missing colours (turquoise, teal, neon) were added to player kits
– fixed: some kit colours corrected
– fixed: kit clashing issues fixed, properly falls back into emergency kits
– fixed: restart match -button no longer available in Boss Mode
– fixed: audio no longer stops when quitting game from the pause menu
– fixed: display of goals now combined properly on HUD
– fixed: on-screen boxes for match progression corrected
– fixed: animation smoothing and improvements (work in progress)
– added: players now have physical bodies that deflect the ball
– added: game options setting for Robot Overlords?
– added: emergency kits (white, black and neon) added
– added: more player hair styles and colours
– added: tactics selected before match now persist to new matches in boss mode
– added: tactics and player swaps persist in save file
– added: safer saving and loading of game saves, complete with backups
– added: tactics work on friendly competitions
– added: multiple Boss Mode tournaments can now be in progress at the same times
– added: messaging to clarify when progress is saved during Boss Mode
– added: input guidance with platform-specific button info
– added: pre-match and intermission animations can be skipped with the hoof button
– added: replay can be skipped if in single player game or the goalscorer in two-player
– changed: smarter aiming controls especially when ball held by opponent
– changed: improved slide tackle and header targeting
– changed: hoof button no longer does anything during setpieces making it safe for skip
– changed: off-ball, hoof button triggers only headers for safe clearance
– changed: menu visuals and descriptions on all world mode buttons improved
– changed: card player pose templates expanded and enhanced
– changed: updated Rewired plugin to latest version (1.1.7.8) for controller support fixes
– changed: balanced boss mode token and checkpoint distribution
– changed: improved keyboard controls by balancing falloff / inertia
– changed: goal models improved, props added
– changed: in-game stadium visuals improved, now have banners in team colours
– changed: balanced kick, pass, slide tackle and header powers better
– changed: improved messaging by chairman & on-screen dialog boxes
– changed: much improved player card layout and visual clarity
– changed: improved tactics screen and functionality
– changed: new, improved ball texture
– changed: improved group qualification in competitions
– changed: potentially personal system information hidden until button clicked in menu
– various internal bug fixes and optimizations

Known issues:
– some crashes and instability is possible, we’re hunting the issues down
– some controllers still have problems, full key and button remapping coming soon
– penalty shootout presentation still very incomplete
– injuries, suspensions and substitutions not implemented
– periods end too soon when setpieces should happen instead
– player walls on free kicks, offsides rule missing
– online multiplayer functionality not yet available
– effects volume and music volume settings have some issues
– settings menu doesn’t respect controller input
– support for multiple displays, high framerates, HDR and 4K work in progress
– no loot boxes?!

Alright, time to go back into hiding and press Send before they fi

Progress update: Halloween work


He shoots… HE SCORES! YOU BEAAAAUTY!

Happy Halloween everyone! Our team says hi with the pic above. How do you think Sociable Soccer would stand out if it had “Scary as F***” instead of “Fast as F***”?

What a fantastic community we have this early on! There are already some people making themselves a name. Check out user Monkeydebris scoring headers in the video: Tibet – the Best a Man Can Get. He got challenged to achieve that with Tibet and did. Amazing!


There are so many other fans to mention, like the guys on the forums, on twitter, on Facebook, on Instagram and on and on.. Just doing a search on Sociable Soccer on Youtube brings up a lot of videos that would make any Community Manager happy in this early phase. Cheers to all your videos guys, and continue scoring while it’s still easy 😉 I’d like to see more goals where it hits the post or bar and then enters the goal. Can you do that? Let’s call it the post or bar challenge.

If you are a perfectionist when it comes to playing the beautiful game – why not take Game Designer Jon Hare’s advice in this Redbull article: 7 Sociable Soccer tips to guide you to victory. That will get you up to date on most of the sociable skills needed to succeed.

If we look back at the first 4 days after the release our target was mostly to eradicate tech problems that made the game crash, we’ve managed that well with the first patches released. If you still get a crash, please report it in the crash thread.

We now have new priorities to work on related to the feedback and our own knowledge, which are mainly tied to the goalkeepers and the general AI. This updating process will be done in steps to achieve the vision we have for the full version.  Don’t expect it all to be done in one sitting, but expect progress in the next patch.

Thanks for your support so far and let’s continue together – step by step – towards a game that will give you the best of football in 3 min halves.

#Sociablefist 👊
#TheBestofFootball
/The Sociable Team

Boss Mode needs your ideas.

Hey guys,

While we improve on the goalkeepers and the general AI we would like to get your thoughts on Boss Mode. Go to the “The official suggestions thread” and give us your ideas on how to improve this mode and make it great.

For those of you who have not yet bought the game and don’t know what Boss Mode is – let us explain. In Boss Mode your mission is to steer 10 managers to success. You start with the noob and then you unlock the one by one to get more challenges. Help us with ideas for this mode please!

The new patch being worked on has no release date so far. When it goes into Beta testing we will tell you.

Best regards
/The Sociable Team

#sociablefist