Rugby League Comes To PS3, Xbox 360 This September

When Rugby League came to Wii earlier this year, all you guys wanted to know was when it would come to 360 and PS3. Well, you can now stop asking.

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?


    that game looks so cool i am going to buy it so then i can beet my brother

    EA Sports Rugby game has outstanding game play...the best of any league/union game....I just hope Rugby League 3 will get close to what EA Sports has done. Somehow I doubt it.

    No offence to the developers etc...

    I appreciate the budget limits...

    But hasn't anyone noticed the price point this is selling at? $108!!

    For that premium price - I want a premium title...not something that looks ported straight from RL2 or the bloody Wii...

    and certainly not something that has been done on a budget...

    Small development - small way I'm purchasing this at that price...sorry!


    im hopin that there will b fights in the game cause there isnt any in the other rugby games.

    looks like a ps2 game at best.

    Go the EELS!

    I Hope William Hopaote is in the game he is a gun go the Sea Eagles

    Lets' face it. This game looks incredibale for the budget they are dealing with; the graphics may not be 'superb' and may look like last gen game consoles, vut the gameplay looks astonashing, with online multiplayer, almost like FIFA Pro and the actual movement seems to be well suited. Its' the first game on new gen consoles, and even if this is not the best, surely when it makes a impact on he market, for such a poor game, graphically then the likes of EA will be motivated to create an astonashingly good game, all round. But lets not forget this game looks absolutely BRILLIANT!

    if everyone buys two then they will have enough money for it

    well well well...

    Im pretty sure more people will buy this game than people buy the afl game...

    lets face it afl is a game ONLY played in Aus and pretty much ONLY followed in Melbourne...

    rugby league on the other hand is played WORLD WIDE..


    I wonder which will sell more copies????
    Rugby league is the greatest game of all a game where MEN play not little boys...

    Cut complaing about the game. At least we got one on PS3 and Xbox 360 finally. Its a rip off but its worth getting as theres nothing else on the market.
    By the way AFL sucks and the Warriors Rule.

    Rugby league 3 looks like all the old xbox games .you should copy abit like rugby 08

    Most of u have no idea. The state of origin gets the highest ratings for a single tv event. More than both the NRL(not ARL) and AFL grand finals. More so tv ratings for nrl games are on average twice as high as afl games, but more ppl attend afl games. Last yr the preliminary fiinal between the bulldogs and eels got heaps better ratings then the afl grand final. To even suggest the Afl is close to nrl in tv ratings is just silly. Also other parts of the world play league, they will not make an afl game.

      Your wrong about NRL ratings, so wrong your comment is just plain laughable, NRL does not beat AFL in anything...MORE people go to AFL games and MORE people watch AFL games. I like both NRL and AFL (go the knights) but the NRL is just plain lying if they think their ratings are better, it's just not true, AFL is bigger in melbourne than the NRL is in sydney, i've lived in both cities so i know the hype on the street is very different. A good example is that the new AFL team in sydney in it's debut season has about the same size crowds as NRL teams that have been there for 100 years and they have more members already in one season than most NRL clubs. All this says to me is that AFL is more popular, whether we like it or not!

    I think the NRL has heaps more fans, even just in Australia. If u combined tv ratings and crowd attendance figures over a season the nil smash them, wouldn’t even be a competition. Because tv figures are so much higher than a crowd attendance. AFL gets more to the games simply becaus they r on a more convenient times, the NRL schedule is based around their TV deal and controlled by channel 9. Honestly, who wants to go to a game at 7pm Monday night wen they cld watch it in the comfort of their home.. NRL is the greatest game of all, and it’s only a matter of time before the whole world starts to realise it. Can’t wait for this game. It would be cool if they made it 26 player online and host matches each week where everyone can be a single player for the match, and work properly as a team, could put on the mad plays :)

    Lol i went to EB games and ordered it for $110 so i hope it will be the best game ever as they said.So good luck.

    How can you go to all the effort of producing a sporting game like this and not have a season or manager mode in it??????? Rubbish without that aspect!!!!!!

    why can rugby league body who makes these games pay EA games to make a rugby league game to the standard of fifa, madden etc?
    would make a heap of money off it here in aus

    League is all good but what about the rugby? The World cup rugby final is broadcast around the world and rates in the 5 most watched sporting events around the world.

    I'm not knocking league but if they don't want to make a rugby game because they don't think theres profit in it, their dreaming.

    Hate union but 'Jonah Lomu' was the best Rugby game ever made & i played them all, since then they have only gone backwards, why couldnt they use the Jonah Lomu engine and make Rugby league 3.

    My Dreams hav cum tru Yessss

    Well I personally dont care for what the graphics look like, they are much better than rugby league 2 and i still love that game haha. I think anyone that likes playing or watching league will be keen to get this game, who cares about the fanbases? =D

    y doesnt EA make a rugby league game!?

    $88 at big w this wednesday !

    well if they know that they cant compete with fifa/ea graphics should they of made an old skool looking (e.g. jonah lomu) game??? make it a really polished game and take out the flat background stadiums and weird looking players .... i.e. nba jam - it was FUN ! which is what a game should be right ???

    The graphics are very good and very cool but you never know maybe the graphics good but the game's piece of crap. i'm not against the game i'm for the game.THANK U

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