Home Entertainment Suppliers, the publishers of the upcoming
All Blacks Rugby Challenge, have announced that
the game will include three licensed European rugby union leagues.
"We are very excited
to announce these major competition licenses for Rugby Challenge” said Home
Entertainment Suppliers MD, Sebastian Giompaolo. "Inclusion of these top-class
European club leagues adds great depth and appeal to an already deep title for
rugby fans all over the world. With our
breadth of content, extensive customisation tools, and various modes, people
will be playing this game for years to come”.
The game will feature the English Aviva Premiership Rugby,
the Celtic/Italian RaboDirect PRO12 and the French TOP 14 Orange rugby union
leagues. These will be joining official team and competition licences for the
All Blacks, the Qantas Wallabies, the USA Eagles, Tri Nations, Bledisloe Cup,
Super Rugby, ITM Cup and Ranfurly Shield teams. This brings the total to 93
teams for players to choose from and 31 rugby grounds to play on.
Rugby Challenge brings the televised rugby union look and
feel to the video game experience. The game will provide players with lifelike
on-pitch animations, enhanced replays and real-time commentary from Grant
Nisbett and former All Black Justin Marshall.
All Blacks Rugby Challenge has been developed in New Zealand
by Wellington-based games studio, Sidhe. Formed in
1997, Sidhe has worked alongside the likes of Sony, Warner Bros and Ubisoft and
produced many highly regarded titles for all the major games consoles. They are
most widely known for their innovative shoot-em-up, Shatter, and the NRL Rugby
League video games.
Whilst known as All Blacks Rugby Challenge in New Zealand,
the game is branded as Wallabies Rugby Challenge in Australia and as Jonah Lomu
Rugby Challenge worldwide. The game will be released on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
and PC on 26th August, with a version for the upcoming PS Vita handheld coming