AO Tennis Announced

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Tennis Australia, and developer Big Ant Studios have announced their newest title and on-going franchise, AO Tennis, the first officially licensed game for the Australian Open, and it's coming to Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on January 16, 2018 for Australia and New Zealand. The Global release date is yet to be announced, however Big Ant Studios expect it to be sometime in a Q1/Q2 2018.

Big Ant Studios, the Australian game studio known for the Don Bradman Cricket and Rugby League Live franchises, say AO Tennis will contain a combination of fully licensed, photo realistic players, and AI for each that will play just like their real-life counterparts, thanks to the decade's worth of historical shot data they have programmed them with. This means that for any given time in a match, the shot will be chosen based on what that player would most likely do thanks to information telling the AI what they have done in similar situations in the past.

Listed in Big Ant Studio's forum post regarding the games announcement, Big Ant CEO, Ross Symons, is quoted as saying:

“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.

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.”

The quotes section on the post go on to say that AO Tennis will contain "comprehensive customisation options, allowing players to create their own athletes, sponsorship logos, clothing and stadiums to play in. An in-depth career mode will allow players to start out ranked 1,500th in the world and work their way up to the glory of world #1. All major tennis surfaces – hard court, clay, and grass – are fully accounted for, and each affect how the game plays. "

AO Tennis releases in NZ and Australia on January 16, 2018 on Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The Global release date is yet to be announced.

Sources: YouTube, StevivorIGNBig Ant Studios



 

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Comments Comments (5)

 
Posted by RKO_NZ
On Wednesday 6 Dec 2017 10:48 AM
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I was really excited when I saw this on facebook on Xbox ANZ's page as I thought this was going to be a Top Spin successor, but then I saw the team making the game and was dissapointed. Obviously Big Ant isnt the biggest studio with the biggest budget but with the poor Rugby Games and Cricket, my hopes and expectations are low. After a bit of digging online I did find however the old team from 2K Czech (who were behind Top Spin) have signed onto an Indy developer to make a game called Tennis World Tour, which they say is their true sucessor.
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Wednesday 6 Dec 2017 10:53 AM
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Would like a good tennis game. Can tell its by the DBC and RLL guys from those animations... not saying thats a good thing lol
Great its got a career mode, look forward to reviews on how good that is because that will be a big buy or no buy thing for me.
The shot AI also sounds interesting, and would like to know more and see it in action, only concern is it sounds like you just push a button then the AI does everything else on script, Im sure there will be more player control than the way that sounds.
 
 
 
Posted by ActualTats
On Wednesday 6 Dec 2017 1:01 PM
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6 December 2017, 10:48 AM Reply to RKO_NZ
I was really excited when I saw this on facebook on Xbox ANZ's page as I thought this was going to be a Top Spin successor, but then I saw the team making the game and was dissapointed. Obviously Big Ant isnt the biggest studio with the biggest budget but with the poor Rugby Games and Cricket, my hopes and expectations are low. After a bit of digging online I did find however the old team from 2K Czech (who were behind Top Spin) have signed onto an Indy developer to make a game called Tennis World Tour, which they say is their true sucessor.
I use to love Top Spin. IMO Big Ant should focus their attention on developing better versions of games they already produce... Ahem* Rugby League Live!
 
 
 
Posted by predatorhunter
On Wednesday 6 Dec 2017 6:15 PM
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I read it as adults only.....
 
 
 
Posted by ironfist92
On Thursday 7 Dec 2017 5:10 PM
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6 December 2017, 06:15 PM Reply to predatorhunter
I read it as adults only.....
Now thats my kind of Tennis