Hello there. My identify is Julián, and I’m the lead developer of Despelote – a slice-of-life journey about childhood and soccer in Quito, Ecuador within the 12 months 2001. Myself and the group are blissful to cease by the Xbox Wire right now to announce that our sport is coming to Xbox Collection X|S in 2024. We’re additionally in a position to announce right now that Despelote will probably be a part of Tribeca’s 2023 Competition Choice and that the sport will probably be revealed by Panic, who helped carry Untitled Goose Sport and Firewatch to the world.
Whereas Despelote could be very a lot a sport about soccer, you gained’t actually end up taking part in a full soccer match and even needing to know the foundations. As a substitute,our sport focuses on the inherent enjoyable of being a child, simply kicking round a soccer ball with your mates whilst you’re out and about, speaking about your day at college… and possibly annoying your neighbors within the course of.
It’s the 12 months 2001, and Ecuador is on the verge of qualifying for the World Cup. Ecuador had by no means certified for the World Cup earlier than, and as a rustic simply recovering from an enormous monetary disaster, the thought of qualifying has crammed the group with hope and optimism. Studying concerning the individuals of Quito as you play soccer with your mates, and feeling that vitality out of your group as you discover is what Despelote is all about.
Along with my good friend and artist Sebastián Valbuena we got down to make a sport that’s not solely visually distinctive, but additionally one which communicates a powerful and particular sense of place. That is partly as a result of Despelote is a semi-autobiographical sport, as I grew up in Quito, Ecuador round this time, so it was essential to me that we get it proper. You additionally play as a younger boy named Julian, however he’s in a roundabout way a one-for-one mirror of me!
To offer gamers a real image of Ecuador, we took pictures and recorded audio throughout journeys to Quito that are actually used within the sport for objects comparable to constructing textures and conversations you’ll hear as you discover the streets. Sebastián can also be doing an unimaginable job of hand drawing our characters, in addition to the animals you’ll run into throughout your time in Quito. The sport can also be absolutely voice acted in Spanish, with localized subtitles relying in your desire.
In order that’s Despelote: a bittersweet and typically dreamy semi-autobiographical story about how soccer can affect a spot and its tradition. We hope you cease by and go to Quito when it’s launched on Xbox in 2024. ¡Garcias, y cuidense!