Nacon and Eko Software have released the first trailer for Rugby 22, a new game in their rugby franchise, which last saw a release with Rugby 20.
The new trailer was released as part of Nacon’s showcase, where the publisher showed off a number of its upcoming game releases from some interesting developers.
The Rugby 22 trailer itself doesn’t show too much, but gives very small glimpses of gameplay, along with a trophy cabinet acting as a backdrop, along with confirming the game’s January 2022 release window.
While the reception for Rugby 20 was mixed, to say the least, the Paris-based development studio has used all its expertise in sports games (Handball 21, Rugby 18 and Rugby 20) and is making many improvements to this latest simulation. The initial announcement of Rugby 22 stated that the game will feature more realistic AI, improved difficulty that adapts better to each player’s level, and more lifelike star-player faces – especially on the latest-generation consoles – thanks to the use of photogrammetry.
Benoît Clerc, Head of Publishing at Nacon, explained the goal for this new edition: “Rugby 22 continues and builds upon the great work started by Eko Software on the previous two games. We want to offer rugby fans the most authentic and complete experience possible with updated gameplay that has incorporated many improvements based on player feedback on the previous titles and by including official teams and competitions never seen before in a rugby simulation.”
Among the official teams and competitions included in Rugby 22, players can find the top leagues with all the official clubs, as well as the major national teams like France, Italy, Ireland and Japan to name a few.
Rugby fans can also play as the sport’s current star players and choose their favourite teams to compete against their friends in multiplayer.
Rugby 22 will launch in January 2022 on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC.
We’ll be posting more info on Rugby 22 as it’s revealed.