Ashes Cricket video game release date announced
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The new Ashes Cricket video game is set to release soon, in November, for Xbox One and PS4. Big Ant Studios announced that the video game is set to release on November 16, a week before the Magellan Ashes Test series kicks off in Australia, between the English and Australian Cricket teams.
England will be defending their title against Australia, with the first Ashes Test set to begin from 23rd November at the Brisbane Cricket Ground.
Ashes Cricket will be a fully licensed game, and will bring all the entertainment of the Women’s Ashes and Men’s Ashes series to PS4, Xbox One and PC.
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The Australian game studio, Big Ant, had earlier released Don Bradman Cricket 17 and Big Bash 2016 mobile version. The new Ashes game is guaranteed to build on the previous versions, to reach a higher level of realism.
The heart of the matter
The soon-to-be-released Ashes is reportedly going to be the most authentic version of the video game and will have realistic facial-feature depictions of the men’s and women’s teams from Australia and England.
Big Ant have worked in close cooperation with Cricket Australia and England and Wales Cricket Board as well, to bring out the best end result for the gamers. All the cricketers have had their features captured using 35 DSLR cameras.
Big Ant CEO, Ross Symons, said: “We can’t wait for fans to get their hands on the game. We wanted this game to build on the years of experience that we’ve had in developing cricket games, and we’re thrilled with the results.”
When Ross was asked about what changes had been made to the latest version of the video game series, he said that the biggest improvement in the game is the actual motion capture of the cricketers which Big Ant worked on by bringing the cricketers to the studios to work with the motion-capturing technology.
Big Ant also released a couple of screenshots of the game, giving fans a peek at what the game is set to look like.
Big Ant Studios have spent a huge amount on their latest technology, known as Photogrammetry. The new technology has enabled them to import really high-resolution 3D textured models of the players into the game, so that is what we will see when the game releases on November 16.
The complex recording process and high-end technology that have been used in projecting the movements of the players are going to prove to be a departure from all the previous versions of the Big Ant video games.
The initial signs look promising and this edition of the game is set to be the finest yet.