Jon Hare's Sociable Soccer is in development for the Nintendo Switch.

Hare is best known as one of the co-founders of Sensible Software, the legendary UK code shop responsible for Sensible Soccer and Cannon Fodder. Sociable Soccer is billed as a spiritual successor to the former, a game which is still considered by many to be one of the finest virtual representations of the sport even made.

Footage recorded behind closed doors at Gamescom 2017 has revealed the news. YouTube user truepace is the man who recorded the footage, and he had this to say:

At Gamescom there was a Switch game that was not available to be seen by the public, only to staff and investors behind closed doors. It's name is "Sociable Soccer". Designed by the very same man that designed "Sensible Soccer" and "Cannon Fodder" all those years ago that were both huge hits during the 16-bit era. I was shown the game briefly and recorded this footage using my Mobile Phone.

It's releasing on Steam via Early Access in October sometime but to see a Switch version up and running too is very exciting.

Switch owners will be pleased to know that it's the exact same version they'll be getting for their Switch when it eventually releases.

Sociable Soccer first made headlines in 2015 when it launched on Kickstarter but the campaign was pulled after a disappointing start. Hare and his team insisted that development would continue regardless and now have the game on Steam Early Access. It features more than 1,000 teams and 30,000 players, all totally editable, and both online and offline play is promised.

Thanks to Thomas White for the tip!