Rugby 2005 Announced

EA Sports announces plans for Rugby 2005, a cross platform rugby game, though no exclusive agreement with the National Rugby League or any such is involved. The first screenshots from the game have been released, as well as a couple of movies. Here's the deal:
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – January 7, 2005 –Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced that EA SPORTS™ Rugby 2005 is under development as the newest ongoing franchise in the EA SPORTS™ lineup, heralding the sport’s emergence as a global phenomenon. The game, which features a host of gameplay and graphical upgrades, will deliver an authentic rugby experience and is scheduled for release in spring 2005 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® videogame system from Microsoft, and the PC.

“EA SPORTS is committed to making the most complete and authentic rugby game possible,” said Andrew Wilson, producer of the game. “By leveraging our sports technology and experience to create EA SPORTS Rugby 2005, we feel we can grow a successful interactive franchise for one of the fastest growing sports in the world.”

EA SPORTS Rugby 2005 incorporates all the major Rugby teams, players, and tournaments, including the Tri-Nations, Super 12 and many more authentic and prestigious events from the world of Rugby. The game incorporates a completely upgraded graphical engine with individually differentiated players, realistic motion-captured player animations, dramatic lighting and cameras, and stadiums that are accurate with details such as crowd reactions, songs, and chants. EA SPORTS Rugby 2005 plays realistically with on-the-fly play-calling, right analog stick controls for fakes and crushing hits and improved kicking control. The game also features a ‘Rugby 101’ training mode outlining the rules, controls, and tactics of the sport through videos and interactive challenges.

EA SPORTS Rugby 2005 is being produced by EA Canada where such hit franchises as FIFA Soccer, NBA LIVE and NHL are made. EA SPORTS Rugby 2005 is being developed by HB Studios. The game has not yet been rated by the ESRB.
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Jan 9, 2005, 07:01
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As Kern Stated, Rugby and Rugby League are different sports, National Rugby League (The http://www.nrl.com.au) has absolutley nothing to do with Rugby which is why they have no involvement with EA's Rugby 2005

If it was Rugby League that you wanted to play, then check out Tru Blu's Rugby League Games (http://www.trublu.com.au) there the best.

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Huh?
Jan 8, 2005, 11:06
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Jan 8, 2005, 11:06
 
What? No Gamecube port?
Bad enough they didn't port Burnout 3!

Fire = Good
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Jan 8, 2005, 06:29
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Jan 8, 2005, 06:29
 
SOUTH America maybe...

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Jan 8, 2005, 06:00
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Jan 8, 2005, 06:00
 
I'm sure the whole of America is waiting for this one.

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Drugby
Jan 8, 2005, 03:32
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Drugby Jan 8, 2005, 03:32
Jan 8, 2005, 03:32
 
All I can say is at one time we played that much player vs player of the earlyer EA Rugby that we renamed it Drugby.

Played it that much it was like I lived at my mates place ..... now its my place and I some times get drunk and remembers the days ..... then the boys turn up, drag the sofa back to the same place and turn on the ps2 (only game my friend has on it) and we are gone for 10 hours easy

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Rugby League is a different sport from Rugby Union, so there wouldn't be much use getting exclusivity from the NRL.

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