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New Star Soccer update promised as downloads pass 2m

Fresh header system to be added to iOS edition of the BAFTA-winning football game

Simon Reed, the BAFTA-winning developer behind iOS sensation New Star Soccer, has pledged to add a range of new features to the game later this year.

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The football career sim will feature a new range of boots and NRG drinks to buy, as well as allow players to score with headers for the first time. Sales of the iOS edition has helped New Star Soccer surpass 2.1 million downloads.

On Tuesday, at a glitzy BAFTA event in London, New Star Soccer was voted Best Sports Game in a tight awards category which included contenders like FIFA 13 and Forza Horizon. It was the first ever non-console game to win the prize.

"It's been an absolutely massive honour for me," said Reed.

"I was already overwhelmed by the amazing reaction to New Star Soccer when it released last year, but to go from working on my own at home to accepting an award from BAFTA is an incredible feeling. It's been another reminder that the last ten years of developing NSS has all been worth it, and I hope that it encourages other indie developers to go out there and really follow their passions.

"As New Star Soccer continues to gain this kind of phenomenal acknowledgement it makes me incredibly excited for the game's future and the ways in which I can further expand it going forward."

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