Release date, gameplay, game modes, prices, platforms and more

UFL is a new football game from newcomers Strikerz Inc., which stands out from the main FIFA competition by being free to play.

By being free to play, the company considers the UFL to be fair as well, which it promotes through its advertising campaign.

Check out everything we know about UFL below, including its release date, gameplay, and trailers.

Latest – Another Partner Announced

As we count on the release of the gameplay reveal, the UFL has announced another partner club.

Scottish giants Celtic are the seventh club confirmed as partners, after Besiktas, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Monaco, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting CP and West Ham United all joined the game.

Once again, the focus was on the UFL’s fair-to-play principle, with the line “Together we will defy football playing conventions” showing the new direction Strikerz plans to take. .

Gameplay reveals the arrival

The biggest news around the game since it was announced, people will be able to see UFL gameplay for the first time.

At Thursday January 27, this new footage will be released, with the only comparable thing so far being the reveal of Ambassador Romelu Lukaku.

Needless to say, we’re thrilled, as it will really show if the title can provide competition for FIFA.

Release date

At the moment, UFL does not have an official release date, with its developers call it “in progress”, and the only hint from the trailer being that it’s “coming soon”.

With eFootball’s disastrous start to life, game makers are taking their time to make sure it’s as polished as possible before committing to a date.

The game has been in development since 2016, but the creation of Strikerz Inc. as a company, which came into being at the same time, was included at that time.

UFL Reveal Trailer

It doesn’t include any gameplay, but the cinematic trailer reveal for UFL is absolutely stunning.

The lighting is fantastic, and if the game highlights those keys, it would have an edge over FIFA.

It’s powered by Unreal Engine, which we’ve seen used in many other games, including Fortnite and Gears of War.

Something also clear from the trailer is the Strikerz mantra of “Fair to Play”, relying entirely on skill-based play instead of pay-to-win.

Ambassadors

The first player to appear as an ambassador for the game was Manchester City left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Along with this reveal, we also got some in-game footage of the player, and while it’s a work in progress, we think it looks pretty good!

Next up was Liverpool centre-forward Robert Firmino, who received the same in-game streak header display.

The third ambassador was from another Premier League heavyweight club, with Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku revealed.

For him, we got a different intro to the game, which introduces player movement a bit more and how it might look in future gameplay.

Gameplay

Until we actually see gameplay, the only things we can take inspiration from are the ideas that Strikez Inc. is building the game around.

The main aspect around which they market the game is free/fair play, with skill taking priority over a pay-to-win dynamic that many have found within FIFA.

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The pitch looks like a combination of FIFA Ultimate Team and Football Manager, with Strikerz Inc. CEO Eugene Nashilov saying:

“You’ll manage your club, build a roster, develop tactics, and compete with other players over the seasons to prove your skills and climb to the top of the league. Competitive and fair play is at the very heart of UFL gameplay In this competition, your victory depends solely on your playing skills and the choices you make.”

Speculation around an offline career mode has been quashed, with this Twitter Q&A answered:

Although a career mode seems unlikely, it confirms that there will be “an offline mode that you can play with friends”.

The in-game map design was also shown, with this streamlined look revealed.

We’re a fan of the flag movement in the background to give the design some oomph, with the stars at the top surely referring to some kind of player skill level.

Licenses

One aspect that could ruin the game before it’s even released is its realistic feel, with much of that achieved through licensing so users can control real-life players and teams.

Fortunately, Strikerz Inc. has partnered with FIFPRO, the world’s largest representative organization of 65,000 professional footballers – the same organization EA uses for FIFA.

FAIR TO PLAY – A new experience for players tired of the pay-to-win model

Another advantage they might have over the competition is their partnership with InStat, a leader in sports performance analytics, which can give updated stats for every player.

Unsurprisingly, West Ham have been revealed as the game’s official partner, with kits and badges available in-game.

As the team used in the trailer, it was only a matter of time before this was confirmed.

Other teams that have aligned themselves with the UFL are Shakhtar Donetsk, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Monaco and Besiktas.

Platforms

UFL will be released on “all major game consoles” according to the developers, which was clarified in a Tweet that read:

As for the platforms, we mainly focus on setting up the UFL @PlayStation and @Xbox but the PC is also a platform that we are studying closely

Inclusion on PC is a question that comes up regularly, so if the launch is successful, the game will no doubt become available on it.

For now, it looks like the release will only be on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, and PS5.

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