Rugby giants South Africa and England will both be officially licensed in the forthcoming Rugby Challenge 4 from Sidhe and Tru Blu Entertainment, scheduled for release later this year.
Confirmed via a new screenshot on the official Rugby Challenge 4 website, the new image showcases an England player being tackled by two Springbok defenders, with the official kits also on show.
England and the Springboks will then be added to the officially licensed roster of teams, including the All Blacks and Wallabies. At this time, no other licensed team has been announced, but given that the other notable nations (France, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Japan and Italy) are all licensed in another upcoming rugby game, Rugby 20, it’s unknown whether they’ll feature in Rugby Challenge 4 in their licensed forms.
Announced in September this year, Rugby Challenge 4 will include some new features and enhanced gameplay from the previous release, including improved solo and multiplayer modes, a Create a Pro mode which will allow players to climb through the ranks, and a revamped Career Mode.
New visual effects ranging from dynamic lighting, weather and field wear have also been included, and set-plays will make an appearance for the first-time in the franchise, allowing players to choose from a variety of tactics for added strategy on the field. 300 licensed players will also feature in the game, with photorealistic likenesses from over 25 licensed teams.
The game will follow-on from the work done on Rugby Challenge 3, which we reviewed upon release, saying: “Rugby Challenge 3 relies on the foundation built by the first two games in the Rugby Challenge franchise, and refines the experience rather than redesigns it; and while it has some cracks here and there, it’s easily the best rugby game since the holy-grail that was Rugby 08.”
Rugby Challenge 4 is scheduled for a release in December 2019 on Xbox One, PS4, PC; with a Switch release scheduled for a later date.