Handball 21 is coming to consoles and PC later this month, but before it does, Nacon has released a brand new gameplay trailer along with some detail about the European sport.
For one, if you’re not familiar with the sport of Handball, it’s basically football (soccer) but you use your hands rather than your feet. It’s in the name… It’s also a popular sport in Europe, though not so much in the UK. Germans love it, though.
For the first time in the series, motion capture has been used to capture the performances of Handball players, resulting in more realistic animations in-game. Also, according to Nacon’s presser, “the atmosphere and passion of supporters have been integrated into the game.”
For players who like a bit more depth, Handball has redesigned its gameplay to allow for quick and easy switching between tactics using the d-pad.
Handball 21 is also packed with officially licensed content, from 2, 299real-life players to 129 actual teams from across eight European leagues, it’s about as authentic as you can get in the world of Handball video games.
Finally, you can experience the sport with three different game modes. With “My squad”, you can customise the equipment of your players and team. In “Solo” mode, you can play as the team you customised in My Squad, manage recruitments to improve the team and take them to the top. As for “Championship” mode, you can choose an existing team and take them through an entire season. And finally, in Multiplayer mode, you can play matches with friends locally or online.
Handball 21 will release on November 12th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and it will be playable on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S via backwards compatibility.