Back in 2015 and 2016 Bigben Interactive provided a couple of new sports games to the gaming market, with the release of both Handball 16 and Handball 17. Niche products yes, but for fans of the sport, they just about served a purpose as we geared up for a annual launch of the franchise going forward. But then all went quiet, with a couple of years passing without sign of any new title. That is until now as NACON and Eko Software announce that Handball 21 will be coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC this year.
A new simulation of the sport which boasts more than 27 million federation members across the globe, Handball 21 will be trying to serve aces on Xbox One, PS4 and PC in November 2020.
It is Eko Software who are behind this return, with a new edition of the game that sets the standard for handball simulations. Building on the studio’s experience in sports games, after having in-depth discussions with the fan community and input from Handball experts, Eko promise to deliver an ultra-realistic gaming experience.
This means that Handball 21 will come with all-new animations, an enhanced AI system, new game modes and more official content than ever before, as players get to experience all the emotions and sensations of their favourite sport with Handball 21.
- Extensive officially licensed content: Handball 21 includes the four major European leagues and several second division leagues, for a total of 1,600 handball players represented in the game. Play as some of the world’s top players, such as Nikola Karabatic, Valero Rivera and Melvyn Richardson.
- New game modes: Solo, multiplayer, local and online – Handball 21 also features new game modes such as League Mode, in which you follow the career of a player and manage his team. In Solo Mode, you can create your own team, recruit players and enter tournaments.
- Deeper and improved gameplay: Players can enjoy new game options such as defence tactics, custom set plays, and redesigned AI.
- A faithful and realistic simulation: The stadiums have been recreated from the ground up, while the players’ 3D models and animations are more realistic thanks to motion capture.
Handball 21 will launch on Xbox One, PS4 and PC this November. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as to how progress continues, but for now, it’s time to take in the usual announcement trailer.