Netease has been working on its own football simulation game, Vive Le Football, for some time, and an open beta was also released. The game lets you take control over your favorite clubs and players in order of 11vs11 or Street Football themed matches, leveling up your line-up as you progress.
Now it is very clear what Netease is trying to accomplish. It wants to step into one of the biggest sections of the App Store and Google Play and compete with Konami and EA. But only time will tell whether they are successful or not.
Vive Le Football (VLF) is a fresh addition in the mobile football genre and it is about to be released by the end of this year.
Vive Le Football release: Perfect time to have a lead in the market
VLF already had an open beta program back in August this year with positive feedback, but it is still unknown when the game will release. But some reports from Chinese sources have strongly teased that the game will be available by the end of 2021.
This odd released window might be because Konami is still recovering from the devastating effects of the eFootball 22 console launch, and the mobile date being pushed back to Spring 2022, while a major update for FIFA Mobile has possibly been postponed. It would be a foolish move for NetEase not to capitalize while the biggest players are injured.
A promising beginning
Although not as popular as PES or FIFA mobile, the beta program for Vive Le Football enjoyed mostly positive reviews. But the reviewers also pointed out some glaring mistakes, such as Messi’s and Bruno Fernandes’ celebrations getting overlapped.
VLF presents extraordinary high-quality graphics with realistic visuals. Apart from the usual online modes, VLF also includes career, story, and street football. A particular campaign for the story mode follows Barcelona in 2014/2015 UCL season.
The game also has some astonishing off-the-pitch scenes with detailed visuals for celebrations after a match, and interviews, something that we have seen in FIFA and PES games, even on non-mobile platforms.