Big Ben Interactive and Eko Software have confirmed that a 2019 Rugby World Cup video game will launch alongside the official tournament this year.
According to the press release (which was admittedly scarce on details), the game has been in development for 2 years, essentially since the release of Rugby 18, which was also developed by Eko Software.
Publisher Big Ben Interactive also said that the developer has relied heavily on the feedback from the Rugby 18 community in order to create a title that is even more faithful to the sport. “The goal is to create a new gold standard in rugby simulations for this year’s World Cup in Japan,” according to Big Ben Interactive.
Rugby 18 released in October 2017 to some mixed reviews, with a lot of issues letting down a promising core gameplay system. After a large patch, the gameplay improved dramatically, but certain shortcomings still kept the game from reaching its potential. Hopefully the next instalment will rectify those problems, and according to the publisher, Eko Software seem to be well-aware of what they need to work on.
“Numerous details have been reworked for this new opus: the tactical depth and graphic rendering have been improved, and the AI has been revamped. During the development of this new rugby game, the studio has surrounded themselves with experts in order to faithfully reproduce team tactics.”
Hints of a new rugby game in development first emerged when Eko Software producer Jean-Georges Levieux tweeted a photo of a rugby ball and motion capture studio, with the caption “Here we go!”.
No release date has been given for the new title, but with the Rugby World Cup kicking-off on 20 September, it’s safe to expect the game to arrive a few weeks prior to then.
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