Despelote is an interesting PS5 soccer game about people
The 2002 FIFA World Cup was the first time that Ecuador qualified for a major football tournament, and the excitement the country experienced during the qualifying phase has translated into a spectacularly stylish game. Called Despelote, it’s coming to PS5 in 2024. From a first-person perspective, you’ll dribble, pass and shoot the football around town and see what happens when it lands on someone’s feet.
Set in the capital of Ecuador, Quito, you play as eight-year-old Julian. A press release reads: “In Despalot, you’ll spend your time pranking your friends, exploring and getting to know the people around Quito, and of course, a soccer ball on your way through the game’s satisfying physics. You’ll kick the ball around and have first-person control.” It embraces Ecuadorian culture and uses Spanish voice acting, while the stunning art style is based on images taken by developers Julian Cordero and Sebastian Valbuena.
At the announcement, Panic’s head of publishing, Nick Stunner, said: “We were really taken with Despellot when it came our way – a deeply moving love letter to a particular time and place, such a noisy and charming style. That said, it manages to feel universal at the same time. We’re very proud to be able to help bring it to the world.”
At the FIFA World Cup, Ecuador did not make it past the group stage, but they recorded their first win of the tournament, defeating Croatia 1–0 in their final match. Since then, the country has qualified three times in 2006, 2014 and 2022. The country’s most successful campaign was the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where it reached the round of 16, but lost to England.
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