Just in time for the real Australian Open.
Update: Big Ant’s Ross Symons has told Stevivor that AO Tennis will head to Xbox One and PS4 in Australia and New Zealand on 16 January 2018.
A worldwide release, including availability on PC, will follow likely in March, he added.
Original story: AO Tennis has been confirmed for a January 2018 release on Xbox One and PS4 to coincide with the Australian Open, Big Ant Studios and Tennis Australia today advised.
“The game will set a new standard for the sport of tennis, combining the heritage and history of the Australian Open with Big Ant’s celebrated photogrammetry perfectly capturing the stars, and real-world statistical data to deepen the AI of each athlete,” the developer today said in a press release.
AO Tennis, leaked thanks to an Australian Classification Board ruling last week, will feature 3D-scanned athletes alongside all major tennis surfaces — hard court, grass and clay. Moreover, a career mode will start players off at a lowly 1,500 ranking, tasking them to work their way up to the likes of Nadal himself.
“With previous tennis games, the world #1 would be challenging to beat, because his or her in-game attributes would be set to merely make fewer errors. That worked well at the time, but we’ve taken things to the next level,” Big Ant CEO, Ross Symons, said. “In AO Tennis Rafael Nadal is the hardest player to beat because in game he plays like his real life counterpart; he plays a game style befitting the #1 player in the world.”
AO Tennis has been “developed using a decade of match play statistical data for each of the dozens of licensed athletes in the game,” Big Ant continued, citing a partnership with Tennis Australia.
“Every day we are constantly looking for ways to enable our fans to engage more deeply and more often in the Australian Open, and having the opportunity to play AO Tennis fully immerses them in this incredible event,” Tennis Australia CEO and Australian Open Tournament Director, Craig Tiley, said.
“We wanted to ensure this is the most authentic tennis video game ever created, so that our fans can not only have a great AO experience, but a great tennis video game experience. On top of all of that, they get a tennis experience from the couch which we hope leads them on to the court.”
AO Tennis launches on Xbox One and PS4 “in time for the Australian Open, in January 2018”, Big Ant advised. We’re working on a specific release date now.