Don Bradman Cricket 17 release date moved forward to this week

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UPDATE: Don Bradman Cricket 17 has had its release date moved forward a week, and will now launch on December 16 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (December 15 in some international markets).

It will be available both physically and digitally from the Xbox and PlayStation Stores this Friday — except in the UK, where only the disc release has been moved forward. A Windows PC version will be released in January.

Original story 25/11/16: Don Bradman Cricket 17 has had its release date confirmed, after lingering with a “December” window for months. It will be released in Australia, New Zealand and other cricketing regions for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on December 22, 2016.

That’s just in time for last minute Christmas shopping, and ahead of Australia’s Boxing Day test match again Pakistan.

The console version will be available both at retail and the Xbox and PlayStation Stores. A PC version will be released through Steam in January 2017.

“We have built completely new batting, bowling and fielding mechanics based on player feedback,” said developer Big Ant CEO Ross Symons.

“With Don Bradman 17 releasing right in the heart of the Aussie cricket season, we’re looking forward to players recreating the classic moments of the summer of cricket in their homes.”

As well as new gameplay mechanics and a deeper career mode, Big Ant previously announced DBC 17 will add female players. Like the male players, teams and stadiums, there are no official licenses (outside of Don Bradman), but that’s side-stepped by allowing the community to recreate real world teams, players and cricket grounds, which anyone can download and replace.