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Football (U.S. Soccer) fans should be pleased to hear that mobile developer Exient is bringing their sport gaming expertise to the iPhone with X2 Football 2009. Exient has been responsible for a number of high profile DS titles including FIFA 09, Madden NFL 09, and PSP/PS2 Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09.

Exient sent us this gallery of screenshots (embedded below) while Pocket Gamer managed to get some hands on time with the upcoming title.

The most notable thing when you first pick up the game is the controls, which consist of an onscreen analogue joypad for movement and passing, and three buttons: pass, shoot and through ball. Helping you understand what you're doing is an arrow that shows where you're going to pass the ball, or where your player is going to run to.

Responding to the analog nature of the touch screen's controls, Exient has adjusted the game design to accommodate it with player animations to reflect the non-digital controls.

In balancing the cost of licensing, Exient has chosen not to take on that additional cost for this first release. Realistically, they are looking to build up their reputation on the iPhone side before pursing these expensive deals.

The game is awaiting approval and should appear soon. No pricing has been announced.

  • antonioj

    gameloft´s real soccer is very good, but it does not have online multiplayer

    will this one have it?

    • SalsaMD

      From Developer:

      So with the first version of the game complete and waiting to go live on the App Store, the team is now considering what features to add in future versions. "Multiplayer will be the first one," says Chapman. "We hope to have a proper multiplayer update which uses the 3.0 SDK by the end of the year.

  • antonioj

    gameloft´s real soccer is very good, but it does not have online multiplayer

    will this one have it?

    • SalsaMD

      From Developer:

      So with the first version of the game complete and waiting to go live on the App Store, the team is now considering what features to add in future versions. "Multiplayer will be the first one," says Chapman. "We hope to have a proper multiplayer update which uses the 3.0 SDK by the end of the year.

  • Victor

    seriously. somebody port a damn soccer game into a hockey game. we really don't need another soccer game.

  • Victor

    seriously. somebody port a damn soccer game into a hockey game. we really don't need another soccer game.

  • riverlake

    Looks interesting. Probably they will also develop FIFA 10 and Madden NFL 10 for EA?

    But I am really much more expecting Winning 11 from Konami.

  • riverlake

    Looks interesting. Probably they will also develop FIFA 10 and Madden NFL 10 for EA?

    But I am really much more expecting Winning 11 from Konami.

  • Mt.Biker

    Dang I just bought Real Soccer!!! and Real Soccer does have online or at least wifi multi player.

  • Frogtorch

    I am pleased to hear this.

    More sports games please!

  • Mt.Biker

    Dang I just bought Real Soccer!!! and Real Soccer does have online or at least wifi multi player.

  • Frogtorch

    I am pleased to hear this.

    More sports games please!

  • sticktron

    Looks good, but Real Soccer is a very deep, solid game. I wish this were an announcement for a different sport that we don't have a good game for yet (hockey, football, basketball, etc.)

    • Freeway82

      the game is a football or can't you read?
      Oh, sorry, you mean the football that is played with hands? Sorry that is called Gridiron. This here is true football,

  • sticktron

    Looks good, but Real Soccer is a very deep, solid game. I wish this were an announcement for a different sport that we don't have a good game for yet (hockey, football, basketball, etc.)

    • Freeway82

      the game is a football or can't you read?
      Oh, sorry, you mean the football that is played with hands? Sorry that is called Gridiron. This here is true football,

  • Ian

    Looks really cool.

    For the record, Soccer is an English word, it's short for Association Football and was first used in Newcastle well over a hundred years ago. Thanks QI.

  • Ian

    Looks really cool.

    For the record, Soccer is an English word, it's short for Association Football and was first used in Newcastle well over a hundred years ago. Thanks QI.

  • http://www.mininova.org Skullptura

    Dude its Football trust me, i studied this subject for 3 years.

  • http://www.mininova.org Skullptura

    Dude its Football trust me, i studied this subject for 3 years.

  • http://www.marcsblog.net Marc

    im interested in the controls for this game, hope it has a lite version

  • http://www.marcsblog.net Marc

    im interested in the controls for this game, hope it has a lite version

  • I like both football and socce

    In American English, it's "soccer". In English English, it's "football". Next pedantic argument!

  • I like both football and soccer

    In American English, it's "soccer". In English English, it's "football". Next pedantic argument!

  • http://stereomanic.blogspot.com stereomanic

    who cares what's its called? all i know is that the game is great and is better than the NFL. Actually i think Rugby is the "OEM" version of American Football, just that the American one sucked but perhaps it's because i never grew up watching that and i just don't get it. I rather watch baseball than NFL. Heck i rather watch midgets pummeling steven hawking than watch NFL.
    Anyway, i hope this X2 football game delivers and ever since i saw games like NFS or Myst, i expect the world in my "soccer/football" games on the iPhone/ipod. Perhaps EA and/or Konami should release their own footie games on iPhone too.

  • http://stereomanic.blogspot.com stereomanic

    who cares what's its called? all i know is that the game is great and is better than the NFL. Actually i think Rugby is the "OEM" version of American Football, just that the American one sucked but perhaps it's because i never grew up watching that and i just don't get it. I rather watch baseball than NFL. Heck i rather watch midgets pummeling steven hawking than watch NFL.
    Anyway, i hope this X2 football game delivers and ever since i saw games like NFS or Myst, i expect the world in my "soccer/football" games on the iPhone/ipod. Perhaps EA and/or Konami should release their own footie games on iPhone too.

  • Twistedanimator

    Well I've just bought this game and it rocks! I've only had a quick play but I already think it's a better game than real soccer.

  • Twistedanimator

    Well I've just bought this game and it rocks! I've only had a quick play but I already think it's a better game than real soccer.

  • http://www.sportsbetting.ws football (american)

    This news is a blessing to thousands of soccer fans. Thank u 4 this information.

  • http://www.sportsbetting.ws football (american)

    This news is a blessing to thousands of soccer fans. Thank u 4 this information.

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    goooooooooood game

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    goooooooooood game