Square Enix has released a downloadable alpha version of its upcoming PC soccer game Online Striker. While Online Striker has been in open testing under its developer, Dingo, since late last year, this is the first time that its publisher, Square Enix, is opening the test to the public.
Online Striker is an online soccer game in which each of the participants can control one of the 22 players involved in a match. The game plays from a first-person view, simulating a realistic soccer-field view for each player. The final version will have a coach on each team who will also be controlled by a player, and a visual lobby will be available as well. The final product will also include a single-player mode, a skill-learning mode, and the ability to edit characters.
The prerelease version of Online Striker is currently downloadable from a Square Enix affiliate's site. The minimum requirement for the normal client is Windows 95 and above, Pentium II 450, 128MB memory, 200MB disk space, and 16MB VRAM. There is also an alternate version of the client that will run on lesser PCs. Registration is required at the Info Station section of the official site.