Publisher HES has announced Rugby League Live for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the first Rugby League game for both consoles. It'll be released on September 2 in Australia, New Zealand, France and the UK.
Development duties are with Melbourne's Big Ant Studios, who are also still hard at work on a yet-to-be-unveiled AFL game. New Zealand's Sidhe Interactive developed Rugby League on Wii, so presumably we're not looking at an HD port here.
“Rugby League Live brings all the hard hitting action and excitement of the greatest game of all to your lounge room”, says David Robles, Business Development Manager for HES. “The demand for a Rugby League game on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 has been staggering. We have listened to our fans and we are delighted to make this announcement."
Notably, Rugby League Live is apparently the first rugby league game to feature online multiplayer. According to the HES press release, other features include:
* 40+ licensed teams from competitions such as the NRL, Super League, State of Origin, City v Country, and World Cup
* 30+ realistic stadia from around the world
* Four-player multiplayer
* "Bone crunching" tackles and impact camera replays
* Field and uniform degradation
* Create your own players, teams and competitions
* Multiple replay angles and commentary by Andrew Voss
* Join friends for head to head & co-operative online play via PlayStation Network, and Xbox LIVE
You can see the very first screenshots below. Bearing in mind that HES and Big Ant are working on a fraction of the budget of, say, EA Sports titles like FIFA and Madden, it looks... OK? I guess?
Rugby League fans, what do you think?