XBLA getting Sensible Dec. 19

Codemasters' Sensible World of Soccer will kick off on Microsoft's console before Christmas.

It's nearly impossible to mention Xbox Live without soccer hooligans crawling out from under the bleachers to cry foul over the lack of a Sensible World of Soccer update. Since first being teased at Microsoft's X06 event two years ago in Barcelona, Spain, Codemasters has been cagey on a firm release date of its downloadable Xbox 360 and Windows Vista remake of Sensible Software's classic franchise. The soccer devout were given especial cause to take up their blackjacks when the game slipped past its projected summer 2007 release window.

However, Codemasters and Microsoft have at long last fingered December 19 as the day when Xbox 360 gamers, at least, will be able to take to the pitch in Sensible World of Soccer over Xbox Live. Codemasters made no mention of the Vista-enabled version of the game, and had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.

As detailed in GameSpot's previous coverage, Codemasters will pull data from the '96/'97 season of the game, often considered to be the best in the series. Like other redux Xbox Live Arcade games, SWOS will feature both a true-to-the-original version of the game as well as a revamped edition that includes updated visuals, retuned audio, and new gameplay features. Both versions of the game will feature online play and leaderboards.

Sensible World of Soccer for Xbox Live Arcade has not yet been priced.

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51 comments
ozcelot
ozcelot

"...let gamers choose between the original graphics or an updated, high-resolution look and feel..." The pics submitted to Gamespot sure looks like the good old amiga-version. Has anyone seen what the updated version will look like?

Puck82
Puck82

December 19... here we go !

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

soccer, hmm, not a fan but who knows, maybe it could make a fun game

Irve
Irve

Oh .. the ice man cometh !!

gandalf_storm
gandalf_storm

sorry i`ll believe it when i see on the arcade for the download.

MetalZombieII
MetalZombieII

pjV2... Please tell me you were joking!?!? I am not a big fan of Football (aka, Soccer) and I live in the US, and even I know it's referred to as Football in just about every country, other than here. Anyway even though I am not a big Soccer fan some video games based on the sport have been fun and this is definitely one of them.

zidan4000
zidan4000

great!! now wheres the dishwasher dead samurai game? i want that game , its like god of war or devil may cry but in 2d , they better give us some news about it or im going to burn M$ to the ground.

ctg867
ctg867

*Waits for Metal Slug* Only game I actually want. Come on guys, where's my Metal Slug!

Takalth
Takalth

exedeath "I thought they were going to finally make xbob live free. I guess they still need money to help them through their broken system crisis. Microsoft can't do anything right." I love how people complain that Sony and Nintendo don't offer as much through their online services, then complain about xbox live costing money. Ever stop to think that maybe there's a correlation?

exedeath
exedeath

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miningguy
miningguy

*cough* 800 microsoft points *cough*

T070Y
T070Y

I remember those good times..

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

looks fun.. never played the original, but it looks fun...

need_id07
need_id07

pjV2 Praise the Lord above! I have happy memories of playing this on my amiga using the strange handheld joystick known as 'the bug' and also having many tournements at my mates' houses on their megadrive versions. Long live the king of all football games! i thought the game was about soccer you crazy you. or its another one of them mario things dude.... dude.... Football IS soccer

pjV2
pjV2

Praise the Lord above! I have happy memories of playing this on my amiga using the strange handheld joystick known as 'the bug' and also having many tournements at my mates' houses on their megadrive versions. Long live the king of all football games! i thought the game was about soccer you crazy you. or its another one of them mario things

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

I don't know much about Sensible Soccer. I might have to check out what all the commotion is about.

BraindeadRacr
BraindeadRacr

If there was only a single game of soccer that I liked, it's this.

CrispyLog
CrispyLog

Praise the Lord above! I have happy memories of playing this on my amiga using the strange handheld joystick known as 'the bug' and also having many tournements at my mates' houses on their megadrive versions. Long live the king of all football games!

auto2112
auto2112

curua02 - If you haven't played a classic, don't diss it in advance. I grew up on this game, and felt guilty giving it up when it became too hard to setup on Windows XP, and I fell for the great Pro Evo series on PS2. That time is over. SWOS is back and my thirst for bending goals from the halfway line, diving headers from outside of the box and slide tackle goals will be quenched again. This game is going to absolutely ROCK on XBLA, especially with being able to play 2 - 64 team leagues and tournaments with other players. My god, Christmas can't come soon enough.

finalcross
finalcross

Should be fun when it finally hits the streets

dannyodwyer
dannyodwyer staff

Oh thank god a date!! Check out the amiga union for our tournament once its out! www.theamigaunion.com

maaly81
maaly81

capcom vs. streetfighter 2, is that on 360?

maaly81
maaly81

capcom vs. streetfighter, is that on 360?

omrikk87
omrikk87

the game looks hard, man i wish it will be populated , could be a great game to have gun with friends...

leem2k1
leem2k1

I used to play this game at various friend's houses back in the day, but I never actually owned it myself. I will certainly remedy that come December 19th. Brilliant game, and if the online play doesn't lag I might just trade in Pro Evo and FIFA.

ChickenHounk911
ChickenHounk911

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Scroll-Lock
Scroll-Lock

The amiga was such a slow machine. It was ported to every other machine known to man soon after. Heh. I would crack out the Amiga if it wasn't such a rubbish broken machine, probably break if you farted near it.

SHARPSHOOTER25
SHARPSHOOTER25

To those who have asked and will ask: SWoS was originally on the Amiga.

Scroll-Lock
Scroll-Lock

I remember playing this in the good old days. Can we have cannon fodder as well?

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Finally. Just in time for Christmas. :)

ssjdagas
ssjdagas

It will be interesting to see if this game is as good as the hype says.

curua02
curua02

"Sensible World of Soccer." Sounds awfully exciting. Be on the lookout for other games in this franchise, including "Practical Baseball League" and "Rather Nice Cricket Championship".

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

good news.... for soccer fans

MikeySSH
MikeySSH

never played this game... was it ps1 or n64 or something of the like??

Vance_009
Vance_009

not a big soccer fan ,but may try this out.

bazanger
bazanger

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John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

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