If you are a football gaming enthusiast, then you must have heard about the much-anticipated UFL, which will soon be making its debut. From compelling gameplay to rewarding tactical knowledge and gaming skills, UFL promises to set a new standard for immersive football gaming.
This new video game, which has been in development since 2016, aims to provide an alternative to EA Sports FC series. And with the pledge not to include ‘play-to-win’ options, this game could very well reset the standards for football video games as it captures the attention of every avid gamer worldwide.
With that said, let’s take an in-depth look at what we know about the UFL, including its release date.
What features does UFL include?
Being a free-to-play video game, UFL promises to ignite the players’ passion in football gaming like never before. Let’s take you through some of the features of this upcoming game, which has football icon Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the investors:
- Challenging gameplay – UFL promises a yet familiar but challenging gameplay. Exhibit your skills on the virtual pitch in a fair challenge with no shortcuts.
- Strategic management – UFL puts your tactical thinking to the test as you manage your club. You will have to build your team from the ground up while making key decisions that count.
- Unlimited progress – At UFL, your journey to greatness knows no bound. Experience unlimited progress and perpetual evolution when playing this game.
- Vibrant football universe – UFL offers you the opportunity to create your club featuring top footballers and engage in competitive online matches against players from different parts of the world. You’ll have all the resources you need to run your club at no cost since the game is free-to-play.
What Game Modes are in UFL?
Just like the popular and loved EA Sports FC 24, UFL offers several game modes, such as:
- Offline & Online Mode – This is similar to the one on FC 24 and has options like 1 vs. 1, 2 vs. 2 and 3 vs. 3. The developers’ main focus is on the online mode.
- Flagship Mode – Flagship Mode bears the closest resemblance to EA FC’s Ultimate Team, and the main big difference is it will be possible to continue with your club across seasons.
- Missions & Challenges – These are to appeal to gamers around the world.
Who are the Developers of UFL?
Behind the yet to launch UFL game is Strikerz Inc., the gaming brand under XTEN Limited, an international gaming company that was founded in 2016. Its team operates globally with four regional offices and over 200 employees worldwide.
Strikerz aim to offer stiff competition to EA Sports FC series and Konami eFootball, who have dominated the football game market for decades.
One thing that UFL developers have been excessively vocal about is the game will be free to play for all. In fact, the gaming company’s motto is: “fair to play” with absolutely NO pay-to-win options. This means that the regular updates will also not require any payments.
The gaming brand believes this is a significant opportunity for a new approach with a football game that combines outstanding gameplay and interactive experience for fans. The developers hope to reach the millions of passionate football gamers around the world.
UFL Cooperation With Cristiano Ronaldo
As hinted above, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the investors in UFL, with the Portuguese icon committing $40 million to the game’s development. The investment marks a significant milestone for the team, as the funds will help accelerate development and plans for a commercial release.
— UFL (@UFLgame) December 12, 2023
Ronaldo will play a significant role in enhancing UFL itself and reaching a wider audience. The former Manchester United man, who currently plays in the Saudi Pro League for Al Nasr, is the most followed celebrity on Instagram with 614 million followers. He also boasts a massive following on Facebook and X (formerly Twitter).
Cristiano Ronaldo was already one of several professional players to partner with developers Strikerz Inc as an ambassador. Others are Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Roberto Firmino and Oleksandr Zinchenko. UFL also has deals with FIFPro, a worldwide representative organization of over 65,000 licensed professional players.
When will UFL get released?
To some, this part is actually the reason why you opened this article. Now let’s cut the chase and provide the answer to the burning question, which is when is UFL being released?
UFL was initially scheduled for release in 2022, but it was delayed to 2023. End of December 2023, the game’s developers Strikerz Inc. announced that they had to delay the game once more and the release date is now set to be in 2024. At the moment, there is no info on the exact date or month when the game will be released. UFL game will be available to play on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, however the developers confirmed that they are working towards a PC and mobile experience as well.
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— Eugene Nashilov (@styxflows) December 27, 2023
How will UFL Impact the Gaming Community?
UFL game is going to compete for a slice in the multibillion-dollar gaming industry with EA Sports and Konami. EA Sports, the producers of EA FC series, and Konami, the producers of eFootball, will have to prepare for a new player in football gaming who is coming with a deal that many gamers around the world will find difficult to reject.
Unlike the popular EA FC where you have to pay-to-win, UFL offers gamers a fantastic deal that is free-to-play. This is something many football gaming enthusiasts have been waiting for a very long time and will definitely pounce on it.
If UFL becomes a hit immediately after its release, then many gamers will prefer it because apart from being free-to-play, it offers longevity through its online mode. Players can grind the game knowing that their progress will be carried over several years, unlike in EA FC where there is a restart each September.
You can sign up for the upcoming closed beta on the official UFL website.