Big Ant Studios delay the release of Cricket 22 over Tim Paine sexting scandal

Big Ant Studios have been forced to push back the release of the latest offering in their series of cricket games for PC and consoles.

Cricket 22 was set to launch on Thursday 25 November just ahead of the start of the Ashes.

However, the prominent placement of former Australia skipper Tim Paine in the cover art andin elements of the game itself has forced the publisher to announce a delay.

“We know you’re excited to get your hands on Cricket 22 – The Official Game Of The Ashes,” an official announcement read.

“We’re every bit as keen to get the game to you, as the team has been working incredibly hard to make what we believe is our greatest title yet.

“Unfortunately, factors beyond our control have meant that we need to update the game’s cover art, other visuals and team lists.

“There was a critical day 1 patch that players will need to enjoy the full Cricket 22 experience that has consequently needed to be revoked. The new patch won’t be ready for release until December 2.

“As a result, we have made the difficult decision to delay the game’s release by a week for all platforms both physical and digital.

“This is the first time Big Ant Studios have ever had to delay a game release, but we find ourselves in an unprecedented position.

“Everyone at Big Ant Studios would like to thank our fans and supporters for understanding our need to do this, ensuring the game is as full and authentic a cricket experience as is possible.

“We will update you with further details soon. In the meantime, circle December 2 on the calendar!

“We can’t wait to see you out there on the field.

“Ross Symons, CEO, and the Big Ant team.”

Cummins into the breach

The company announced that Pat Cummins would replace Paine on the cover of the digital copy of the game alongside Meg Lanning.

“To ensure the highly anticipated #Cricket22 game gets to fans by 2nd December, Big Ant Studios are proud to announce that Pat Cummins, vice-captain of the Australian men’s cricket team, will be on the Cricket 22 digital cover alongside Australian women’s team captain Meg Lanning,” Biag Ant Studios posted to Twitter.