Ashes cricket video game to launch this summer

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Cricket Australia have announced that Ashes Cricket from Big Ant Studios will be available on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC from November this year. 

Developed in close collaboration with Cricket Australia, Ashes Cricket is set to be the most realistic and authentic recreation of the sport ever created, giving fans the chance to play as real cricketers on real grounds, all from the comfort of their own home.

Ashes Cricket, the first cricket game from Big Ant to be fully licensed, utilises its celebrated photogrammetry technology, which enables photo-real likenesses of the men’s and women’s Australian and English cricket teams to be rendered in-game. When these cricketers are added to the fully licensed stadiums, recreated in stunning detail, players will feel like they’re right there on the field as they play.

“There is no competition in cricket that has the heritage and prestige of the Ashes competition” Big Ant CEO, Ross Symons, said. “We’ve worked hard to build on our existing experience with cricket to deliver a truly realistic game of cricket to our fans.”

With much-loved features from Big Ant’s sports games making a return to Ashes Cricket, the game will be a welcome addition to a summer featuring both the Women’s Ashes and Men’s Ashes.

Players will be able to create their own players, teams, stadiums and logos as well as their own competitions and types of matches, from a short, furious five over match, right through to extended, multi-nation Test match tours.

Additionally, players will be able to enjoy a comprehensive career mode that allows them to take their own customised junior cricketer all the way to the ultimate dream; captaining their country to Ashes victory.

“Time and time again players tell us the feature they love most about our cricket games is the deep customisation options” Symons said. “We have produced a true Ashes cricket game, through and through, but we’ve also made sure that our heritage in sports games remains true”.

“Cricket Australia’s new strategy recognises the growing role that gaming can play in reaching younger fans, and by working with the likes of Big Ant to develop products that meet this need we are positioning ourselves as leaders in the cricket gaming space globally,” said Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland. “The anticipation for the summer of cricket is building and this game will give our fans another way to be a part of the cricket excitement.”

“We want cricket to be relevant and accessible to the e-sports generation, helping us develop an even bigger nationwide following for the game at every level,” said ECB Commercial Director Sanjay Patel. “Ashes Cricket has been designed to be as life-like and authentic as possible. It’s the ideal way for fans to recreate all the excitement and tension of a real-life Ashes contest in their own living rooms.”

ECB Commercial Director Sanjay Patel said: “We want cricket to be relevant and accessible to the e-sports generation, helping us develop an even bigger nationwide following for the game at every level.

“Ashes Cricket has been designed to be as life-like and authentic as possible. It’s the ideal way for fans to recreate all the excitement and tension of a real-life Ashes contest in their own living rooms.”

Ashes Cricket will be available on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC from November this year, with pre-orders now open. Join the Ashes Cricket community on Facebook for more information.

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