In a press release issued today, The Rugby World Cup Limited has announced that Rugby World Cup 2011
will be coming to Xbox 360s later this year.
The announcement continues by confirming that HB Studios and 505 Games will work in partnership, as the official licensees, to development the official game of this year's Rugby World Cup (which takes place in New Zealand in September).
The sport of rugby is probably self-expanatory to most; however, details of the tournament structure within the game, and some of the gameplay features are as follows:
RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011 will challenge players to pick from the 20 Rugby World Cup 2011 participating countries, and attempt to lead their team through the pool phase progress to the Final and the opportunity to lift the prestigious Webb Ellis Cup.
National rivalries, venues and player personalities are perfectly captured as participants will fight for the pride of their nation in either solo play or with up to three friends in local multiplayer matches. For the first time, HB Studios will give players the chance to fight for the glory of their country online by challenging other players to one-on-one matches on Xbox LIVE
Now that we have the game details out of the way, it's time for some opinions from the parties involved.
Firstly, Alastair Jarvis, General Manager at HB Studios conveys the passion his team has for creating rugby games:
Developing RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011 for [the] Xbox 360... has given us the opportunity to create the definitive representation of a sport we all have such a passion for... The attention to detail in both the visual quality of the game and the representation of the gameplay is second to none. It captures the thrills and excitement of Rugby World Cup in a way we simply have not been able to achieve before. Online play, especially, adds an entirely new dimension to the game, boosting national pride as players challenge competitors from across the globe to their own international matches
Managing Director at 505 Games, Ian Howe is relishing the chance to work in partnership with HB Studios:
It’s a huge coup for 505 Games to be working with HB Studios on this opportunity and we could not be any more excited about this title. Rugby World Cup is one of the top sporting events on the planet and HB Studios have proven time and time again that they are experts in developing sports games that deliver on every level... We’re thrilled to be part of this huge spectacle and to be publishing one of the most visible games of the year
Finally, International Rugby Board Chairman Bernard Lapasset is pleased at the prospect of a new rugby title:
We are delighted that there will be an official game of Rugby World Cup 2011, delivering the ability to boost the tournament experience for Rugby fans whilst growing the appeal and profile of our sport across all markets. This game will capture the emotion, passion, drama and excitement of what is the biggest sporting event of the yearRugby World Cup 2011
is slated for release on August 26th, 2011; exactly two weeks prior to the start of the quadrennial official tournament!