We’ve now seen a fair bit of Big Ben Interactive and Eko Software’s upcoming Rugby 18, from some screenshots, off-screen gameplay from E3, and an official trailer, but now we finally have some captured HD gameplay from the in-development rugby title.
Posted on French gaming website Jeuxvideo, the new video showcases the game’s stadiums, gameplay, and new features in action, including a closer look at the mechanics of the rucking, lineouts, and tackling. We don’t get to see a really fluid backline movement, but keep in mind the the game is still in development and the players were likely unfamiliar with the controls.
You can see the full 3 minutes of gameplay from the 1:27 mark.
Rugby 18 which Eko Software is said to have been working for more than two years, will feature the English Premiership Rugby and French Top 14 teams, players, and leagues, as well as many other “prestigious” licenses yet to be announced.
“Rugby 18 simulates all the depth and breadth of rugby with tactical choices, different game phases and ability to learn and refine many technical skills,” says the press release. “Discipline must be air tight to control each moment of play, and whether or not to make a decisive breakthrough or a defensive stand; each situation will offer players a wide variety of outcomes.”
Benjamin Lalisse, Managing Director: “As a huge sports fan, being able to work on Rugby 18 is terrific. The team is working hard to reproduce everything that makes rugby unique as faithfully as possible. I hope sport fans will fully experience the intensity of the big matches and enjoy running their team.”
More than 2,000 rugby players from the 2017-2018 season will be represented in each of the game’s modes, including a management mode in which each player can build and develop his own team.
It’s also emerged that Ben Kay and Nic Mullins will be providing English commentary for the game.
Rugby 18 will launch in October for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.