The first screenshots from the upcoming Rugby 20, developed by Eko Software, have been released, showcasing the game’s spruced up visuals and some set-piece moments from in the game.
The screenshots appeared via French gaming site Actugaming, who also got hands on time with the game at the recent Gamescom expo in Cologne, Germany.
These are the first visuals we’ve had from Rugby 20, as previously the only details and information came from an initial press release back in May and a photo tweeted by Eko Software producer Jean-Georges Levieux.
Some new details were also revealed, including the fact that a number of national sides, including Scotland, France, Wales, Italy, and Ireland will all be licensed, with more to be announced.
Furthermore, it has been confirmed that the game will be released in early 2020 (before February 2020), with a beta to go live in September. Initially, Big Ben Interactive and Eko Software planned to release the game alongside the 2019 Rugby World Cup happening in Japan in September, but it seems that the development process has been extended.
Eko Software’s previous rugby title, Rugby 18, was 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.”
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