Just in time for the new season, Gameloft has launched Real Soccer 2012 in the App Store. This universal app, which is free to download, offers Retina display quality graphics, new motion-capture-based animations, and several other new additions to the Real Soccer franchise.

Some of the new features in Real Soccer 2012 include:

REPLAY THE GAME YOU JUST WATCHED ON TV
Ever wish you could control the outcome of a game you watched on TV? Now you can, thanks to Hypergame technology! With just a press of a button, you can recreate any matchup from the in-game news feed and play!

STAND OUT ON THE FIELD WITH CUSTOM KITS
Create your own custom team jerseys, shorts and more using a detailed editor, then share it with the rest of community, or look for cool designs made by other players and use them yourself.

THE BIGGEST, MOST ENJOYABLE SOCCER COMMUNITY
Get the latest soccer news thanks to official RSS feeds from goal.com, as.com and sports.fr. Send your comments, interact with friends, upload pictures and videos.

SOCCER AT ITS FINEST
Enjoy smoother and more realistic graphics for both players and stadiums.
Over 700 motion-capture-based animations that adjust to players’ skills and positions on the field.
Smarter moves for your teammates and opponents on the field thanks to an improved AI.
New effects and cutscenes during the games for an even more TV-like soccer experience.

THE OFFICIAL FIFPRO LICENSE
Thousands of real players’ names, 350 teams and 14 league championships to play including England, Spain, France, Germany and South America.
Online updates of the database will keep your game up to date with the most recent player transfers and lineup changes.

MANY GAME MODES TO ENJOY
Access many different game modes including Exhibition, League and various International Cup modes, or practice your skills in Training mode.
You can also take over your favorite team as a manager and lead it to glory, or replay the best games of the past by entering History mode.

It looks like Gameloft has put much more work into this than last year’s Real Soccer 2011, which we reviewed here. After a few minutes of testing on my iPad 2, I can say that the game looks and plays great. For being a free app, Real Soccer 2012 is definitely worth checking out for any sports fan.

Real Soccer 2012 is available for free in the App Store.