NACON and Big Ant Studios have announced Cricket 22 for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and other platforms. The sequel has a release date set for November 25, 2021, and promises to be the best cricket simulation ever made.
So, what’s new in Cricket 22? Of course there’s been a big visual overhaul with the series about to make its debut on new consoles, featuring enhanced lighting, textures, and character models.
Batting, bowling, and fielding gameplay have all been refined. Cricket 22 is also a much bigger package in terms of content, featuring more leagues and players than ever. Here’s what fans can expect when the game launched in November.
- All-new bowling and fielding controls; whether it’s a feisty fast bouncer, or the satisfying “snap” as you hurl the ball from the infield for a precision run-out, Cricket 22 features refined, tight controls that enable you to play your best game of cricket.
- A deep, narrative-driven career mode; you are in control on and off the field. You manage your training and press conferences, deal with injuries, and decide your path towards international glory!
- It’s the most accessible cricket game yet; New to Cricket? Cricket 22 makes it easier to get into the game than ever before, with a completely overhauled series of tutorials and first-time user experience. Cricket 22 is the most detailed simulation of the sport that Big Ant has ever created, and thanks to these tutorials we’ll have you out there batting and bowling like a pro in no time.
- An all-new commentary team; Cricket 22 brings a star-studded commentary team, featuring Michael Atherton, Ian Healy, Mel Jones, Alison Mitchell and David Gower. Every shot will be called with greater depth and analysis than ever before, and for the first time ever in a sports game, there will be an all-women commentary team, further deepening the representation of women in the Cricket 22 experience.
- The best-looking cricket ever; Cricket 22 takes full advantage of the capabilities of the latest generation of hardware. Not only does the game load with blinding speed, getting you into the action more quickly than ever before, it also includes a full suite of visual updates, including incredible real-time ray tracing elements, providing the most visually realistic game of cricket ever seen.
Cricket 22 will release on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC with Nintendo Switch version stepping up to the crease in January 2022.
It’s been a couple of years since Big Ant’s last swing at the sports series with Cricket 19 being the latest entry, released back in 2019. Here’s what Steve had to say about the sport sim’s last outing in his Cricket 19 review:
“Cricket 19 is a comprehensive and detailed simulation of the sport with a bewildering number of modes and options. Its depths and complexities can be daunting for newcomers, and playing against the AI feels a bit arbitrary at times, but from playing Ashes Test series to one off challenges, there is something here for every level of cricket fan.”
Source: Press Release