Flick happy

Grip Games is well known for its output on the PlayStation Minis platform, but with today’s announcement it has stepped into the big league. The Prague-based developer has taken a quick detour onto the PlayStation Blog to reveal Foosball 2012 – a digital table football simulation pledged for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. The idea is so good we can’t believe someone hasn’t done it before, but kudos to Grip Games for getting there first.

Like MotorStorm RC, Foosball 2012 will release under Sony’s “pay once, get both versions” initiative – providing access to the handheld and console versions of the flick sim for a single price. CEO Jakub Mikyska predicts that price will fall around the €7.99 mark.

The game will feature multiple tables (American style, European style and more) in addition to dozens of customisations, ball types and trick shots. A “World Tour” mode will see you travelling across the globe and competing against numerous AI opponents in over 30 locations. There’ll also be local and online multiplayer features, in addition to cross-platform compatibility, allowing you to take your single-player progress on the road with Vita, as well as compete against console players from Sony’s snazzy new handheld and vice versa.

The PS3 version promises full PlayStation Move integration, with 1:1 movement precision. The DualShock 3 will also be supported, with the dual analogue control system replicated identically across PS Vita. Naturally, there’ll also be touch-screen options on the handheld.

Mikyska continued:

Foosball 2012 is going to be a lot of fun for everyone – not just fans of table football. It is easy to jump in to and enjoy instantaneously, but it also provides a lot of space to truly master your skills and rule the online leaderboards. If you are looking for a game that you won’t put away after a few hours, but a game that will motivate you to keep playing and get better, look no further.

A spring date is touted in the game’s debut trailer (below) so we can’t imagine the title’s too far off. This has shot straight to the top of our most wanted list. We have fond memories of playing foosball back at high-school, so we can’t wait to polish up our old skills on the PS3 and PS Vita.

[source blog.eu.playstation.com]