A PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita exclusive, Dino Dini’s Kick Off Revival was announced today by video game developer Dino Dini and The Digital Lounge for worldwide release in 2016.
First released in 1989, the Kick Off franchise is a series of football simulation games. With the 25th anniversary year of Kick Off upon us, Dino Dini said:
I want to bring back reward for effort and dedication. 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.
Calling Dino Dini’s Kick Off Revival a “brand new installment of my classic football simulation games,” Dini added that the important things will not change in this upcoming entry: the ball is not stuck to your feet, you can shoot the way you want, and aiming and swerving the ball are 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 analog. You could only aim in eight directions. The new game will make full use of the analog 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.
After working as a teacher from 2007 – 2015, Dini is now working full time on Kick Off Revival with the support of Sony.
[Source: PS Blog]