Bigben and Big Ant Studios have announced a follow up to their 2018 sports game. AO Tennis 2 looks to build on the foundations of AO Tennis, and the Australian Open license, when it comes to PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC on 9th January next year.
That Australian Open license is what gives the game its real world stars, including Rafael Nadal, Ash Barty, Angélique Kerber and plenty more. You’ll also have representations of the real world Australian Open venues, but other tournaments around the world won’t be quite so… authentic.
AO Tennis 2’s centrepiece improvement is a new narrative-driven career mode, where you take a young talented player and take them through their sporting career, with both on court and off court exploits tying into this.
Players also have Big Ant’s content editor, which can let you customise all the contents of the game. In fact, all of the things created and shared from the first game will be compatible, meaning there’s over 20,000 players and hundreds of fan-made courts already out there.
The one thing that might temper excitement is that, well… AO Tennis wasn’t great. There’s been a real dearth of tennis games this console generation, with no Top Spin or Virtua Tennis sequels. AO Tennis hoped to step into that void, but was not critically well received. In our AO International Tennis review, Dom said, “The tactics and tactility of a good tennis game remain amongst the purest of gaming experiences, but AO International Tennis is not a good tennis game. Overly complicated and bereft of any emotional resonance, the positive elements, including the detailed character creator, will likely be as swiftly forgotten as the game itself will.”
Still, here’s hoping they’ve been able to take all the feedback on board and craft something newer and better for the sequel.
Source: press release