Tru Blu Entertainment and Big Ant Studios have announced the third installment in their Rugby League Live series, to be released in 2015 for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC (through Steam). The Rugby League Live 3 Fan Hub Beta is already available for free through Steam, where users can create players and teams to be shared online once the game is released.
Other improvements include updated Career and Be A Pro modes where you can take a player from the Under 20’s all the way to the top of the NRL, the first time a single controlled player career mode has been included in a league game. Dynamic weather, an improved replay system and a dynamic tackling system are also highlighted, and of course the game is fully licensed and will include over 100 teams from around the world, NRL, Super League, Holden Cup, Queensland Cup and NSW Cup are all confirmed.
You can find screenshots and the full press release on the Tru Blu website. I’ve long followed rugby league gaming, my favourite sport and favourite past-time combined, from ET’s Rugby League through the efforts of Creative Assembly, Sidhe Interactive and now Big Ant Studios. In the early 2000’s I even ran a fan site for rugby league games, because that’s what you did in the early 2000’s. I’m cautiously optimistic here, Big Ant have made solid progress since the first Rugby League Live back in 2010, but where the previous generation Sidhe rugby league games had spark and fun but lacked polish, Big Ant have made solid games that missed the soul of rugby league. Don Bradman Cricket was a pleasant surprise this year, innovative and fun if slightly flawed, I hope they bring that thinking to rugby league and make some changes to the way they present the greatest game of all.