Ubisoft announces Academy of Champions featuring Pelé

By Patrick Garratt
20 May 2009 17:56 GMT


Ubisoft has announced Academy of Champions, an arcade football/soccer game exclusively for Wii featuring Pelé.

The game promises to deliver an an interactive experience for children and families with a story-driven adventure starting with enrollment at an Academy where your coach is Pelé.

Players can improve their skills, recruit new team members and build a squad to defeat their rival Academy and win the champion cup.

Wii Balance Board and MotionPlus compatible, the game is set for release sometime this year.

Press release is posted after the break.


New Arcade Football Game Features Sport Icon Pelé

LONDON, UK – May 20, 2009 – Today Ubisoft® announced a new addition to its sports portfolio, ™, an arcade football game featuring legendary sports icon . Developed for the Wii™ system from Nintendo, the game will deliver an engaging, interactive experience for kids and their families. Academy of Champions is scheduled to be released in 2009.

“We made our mark in the sports genre last year with the global success of Shaun White Snowboarding,” stated Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer at Ubisoft. “Now, with Academy of Champions, Ubisoft offers another sports game with a fresh approach that has something unique to offer young gamers and sports fans.”

Created by an experienced team of sports game developers at Ubisoft Vancouver, Academy of Champions engages players in a rich, story-driven adventure around the world’s most popular sport. The journey begins with enrollment at an extraordinary Academy where your coach is the legendary Pelé..

“Football is a sport that is universally celebrated by all citizens of the world,” said legendary sports icon Pelé. “Working with Ubisoft to continue to promote the sport has been a wonderful experience. It is a thrill to continue to inspire a new generation of fans through an entertainment medium that introduces them to the exciting world of football.”

In Academy of Champions, players improve their skills, recruit new team members and build the best possible squad to defeat their rival Academy and win the champion cup. Compatible with the Wii Balance Board™ and Wii Motion Plus™ accessories, young soccer fans and their friends and family will enjoy playing together in a humorous, interactive universe that features over-the-top gameplay, entertaining fantastical environments, and innovative challenges.

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