EA Sports announces plans for Rugby 2005, a cross platform rugby game, though no
exclusive agreement with the National Rugby
or any such is involved.
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
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.