Survios co-founder creates Refactor Games to build Football Simulator

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Refactor Games, a new games studio founded by Survios co-founder Nathan Burba, has announced its Football Simulator game as an Early Access title on Steam.

The game is an indie title trying to break into the part of the market that isn’t dominated by Electronic Arts’ Madden NFL game.

The game is coming to Steam Early Access on June 9th and costs $20. The game offers the widest range of customization for any sports title on the market, according to Refractor Games.

Football Simulator takes a back-to-basics approach to football and sports games, the company said. It’s designed as a unique physics-based soccer game in which you can fight through tackles and break for first downs, juggle tipped passes and make erratic interceptions.

In addition, you have control over everything including your team’s name, logo and stadium design, and you can use the replay system to create your own videos of top matches.

The Refactor Games team.

The game will also feature a role-playing game (RPG) season mode where you can play as the coach of your team. Players can explore a sports complex of their own design, collect new playbooks, and create their dream team with editable rosters and fantasy blueprints. Season mode is accessible with up to three friends via local co-op, with online options coming soon.

“We think games have become unwieldy and complex,” Nathan Burba, co-founder of Refactor, said in a statement. “You are constantly updated with infinite content, but the experience often gets lost behind so much fluff and technical problems that the immediacy of the game aspect has been lost. We wanted to make games that are simple, fun and accessible, but also deep, aspiring and highly customizable.”

With no annual releases, full customization options, and leaning on the RPG element, the goal is to evoke memories of classic football titles that die-hard fans still play and manually customize squads to this day.

Rather than selling an updated title every year, Refactor wants to give players the ability to modify the game in any way they see fit – and share those elements with fellow fans while they eventually focus on other sports like soccer or hockey stretch and basketball with the same system. That’s a blow to EA’s ability to get fans handing out $60 or more every new NFL season.

“We use real-time ragdolls to simulate realistic players tripping and regaining their balance, grabbing and pulling players to the ground, breaking tackles, boxing defenders and more,” said co-founder Arman Meguerditchian in a statement. “The core idea is that we give players all the tools on the gameplay side and they have free reign from there. We want the soccer video game community to be highly involved and let them create their own everything. It should be their game as much as ours.”

Refactor Games makes Football Simulator.

The company promises a host of future updates to the game, including cross-platform online multiplayer, VR support, a greatly expanded RPG season mode, an integrated mod browser, online leagues, and more cinematics, animations, and sound effects.

Burba co-founded Survios, a gaming company that pioneered virtual reality with titles like Raw Data.

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