Home Entertainment Suppliers (HES - the publishers of the Rugby League series of games) announced today the development of Rugby Challenge for “console” and PC. Developed by Wellington’s Sidhe, Rugby Challenge is coming out right around the time of the World Cup - also known as “Q3 2011”.
Rugby Challenge features the All Blacks, ITM Cup, Investec Super Rugby and other (to be announced) teams and competitions. It also comes bundled with a bunch of neat stuff like Franchise Mode, extensive customization options, dynamic real-time commentary and - super awesomely - online multiplayer!
“HES has a strong history of publishing sports based videogames” said David Robles, Business Development Manager for HES. “The sport of rugby is a great fit for us to build on that foundation, and we are excited by the long term potential for it as part of our growing portfolio”.
“After achieving success with other sports videogames, we are extremely proud to be taking on the national sport of New Zealand” said Mario Wynands, Managing Director of Sidhe, “This is an exciting time for rugby both within New Zealand and internationally, and it is fantastic to be a part of that”.
We were fortunate enough to take a tour of the studio and see some of the title as it was being developed, which you can read about here.