For fans of cricket games it had been a very lean decade or so until a decent title had come around. Fortunately, there was enough bones on the meat of Don Bradman Cricket 14 to satiate tragics like myself.
But, as it turns out, there’s even more meat coming in the new year.
Big Ant Studios, makers of the cricket game and this year’s Rugby League Live 3, confirmed via Twitter before the holiday break kicked off that a sequel to Don Bradman Cricket 14 would be coming in 2016.
The studio wasn’t able to confirm many details, although they confirmed the game would be coming to PC as well as the next-gen consoles. That’s welcome news given that Ross Symons, the chief executive of Big Ant, has already publicly said that the profitability of the PC as a platform is effectively naught for them.
“It takes a great deal of effort for us to convince publishers that PC is worth doing for any sports game, and that conversation is more to do with the ability to have Beta branches and test new features than anything to do with income,” Symons posted earlier this year on the Big Ant forums. “If I argued on income then the PC versions of any of our games would not exist.”
One vaunted focus for the next Don Bradman game will be the presentation, with many drawing comparisons between DBC 14 and the EA Sports games of the naughties upon the former’s release. The Don Bradman sequel will also launch in the second half of next year, following messaging from Big Ant on Twitter.