Just last week, we shared a teaser which appeared to reveal a potential Ashes Cricket game for the Nintendo Switch. Today, our suspicions have been confirmed to be true: Cricket 19 is on the way this summer.
The game comes courtesy of Big Ant Studios, developer of 2017's Ashes Cricket which launched on several non-Nintendo platforms. Unsurprisingly based on the real sport itself, Cricket 19 is said to feature "all formats of the international game, both men’s and women’s teams, and all host venues". This will include this year's Specsavers Ashes, fully licensed for both England and Australia.
A press release sent out today also mentions the addition of "deep enhancements to the AI engine", meaning that the opposition should be more realistic than ever before. This, and other details such as an enhanced career mode, have been detailed below:
When bowling, the AI will suss out your player and team’s weaknesses, and target that with a concentrated bowling strategy. When batting, the AI will rotate the strike to protect weaker players, and actively look for gaps in the field.
New features to be added to Cricket 19 include a scenario mode, which allows players to recreate the greatest matches in history, and then share them online to challenge other players to achieve difficult run-chases, or play out a draw from a disastrous situation. Enhancements to the career mode build a story around your player; how you look in the news headlines affects your potential career trajectory.
Of course, the Switch has been known to be left out when it comes to sports game career modes in the past (FIFA, we're looking at you) so we're hoping that this won't be the case here. More details about the new features and gameplay modes in Cricket 19 are expected to be shared at a later date, so we'll keep an eye out for more info as it comes.
The game will launch on Switch, PS4, and Xbox One this May, with a Steam release coming just after.
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