Toplitz Productions and developer 2tainment have released in Early Access the latest entry in the ANSTOSS franchise, GOAL! The Club Manager. Available on Steam and GOG, this new entry in the renowned franchise comes more than 16 years after the previous release.
As club boss and coach, it is up to the player to set-up the team’s line-up and tactics before heading onto the field. An intense match display showcases all the action on the field and can be enhanced with optional 3D sequences.
To create a dominating team, players will need to do more than establish training regimens. Players also wear the hat of sporting director, squad planner, and stadium architect. New talents to improve the team are scouted from the transfer market. Every detail of training, strategy, and execution lies in the hands of the player. The end goal is to create a successful club that wins both financially and on the field.
It was a long way from the first concept to the current release in Early Access. But we didn’t let the stumbling blocks along the way stop us and are proud to have launched a worthy successor to the glorious series together with the loyal community and Toplitz. And we are far from finished. The roadmap is filled to the brim and we can’t wait to give the fans more and continue down this path with them.Stefan Weyl, CEO, 2tainment
First released in 1993, the ANSTOSS series set the standard for realistic sports management. Known for its mix of depth in all areas of club management, the series focuses on everything from finances to stadium expansion. In summer 2020, a successful Kickstarter campaign paved the way for the game’s development.
In March of this year, many GOAL! The Club Manager game features were announced such as up to 8 manager online multiplayer and the in-game mentor, Pallino. Early Access brings classic management gameplay merged with a tactics engine and all the latest rule changes in modern football or better known as soccer in the United States.
During Early Access, features such as tutorials, tooltips, national teams, and multiplayer mode will be implemented. A Tactical Roadmap has been released with National Teams, Tutorials, and Teamtalk Voiceover all coming in 2022. Q1 and Q2 of 2023, will deliver Multiplayer Mode, “Create-a-Club” Mode, and Editor.
We are very excited to celebrate the season opening for GOAL! together with 2tainment. The spirit of the franchise can already be felt everywhere in Early Access and will only become more intense with the next updates and features.Matthias Wünsche, CEO, Toplitz Productions
GOAL! The Club Manager is available in Early Access on PC via Steam and GOG for $29.99/£24.99/€29.99. A 22% introductory discount is available during the game’s release week. Follow @GoalTheClub Twitter, like @GoalTheClubManager on Facebook, or join the game’s Discord for more information.
Toplitz Productions (@Toplitz_Prod Twitter, @toplitzprod Facebook, YouTube) is an Austrian publisher and developer with the goal of offering games that feature “Heart and Soul” to consumers. The company is comprised of veteran game developers and executives who collaborate with multiple studios throughout the world. Toplitz’s portfolio comprises a mix of sports, strategy, adventure, and simulation games for PC and major console platforms.
2tainment (@2tainment Twitter, @2tainment Facebook, YouTube) is a global video game publishing company based in Germany. The company was founded in 2014 by industry veterans Stefan Weyl and Wolfgang Duhr. Drawing upon a global network of experience in finance, development, and marketing, the company uses its worldwide distribution network to reach over 80 countries and more than 90% of the international market.