Big Ant and Cricket Australia have announced Cricket 19 – The Official Game of the Ashes, which will be coming to PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC in May.
Cricket 19 will include all formats of the international game (mens and womens) as well as all of the host venues. This also includes the Specsavers Ashes, fully licensed for England And Australia.
Enhancements have been made to the AI engine which is supposed to make the opposition more realistic than before. For instance, when bowling, the AI will suss out your player and team’s weaknesses and target that with a concentrated bowling strategy. Similarly, when batting, the AI will rotate the strike to protect weaker players and look for gaps in the field.
The game will also include a scenario mode, which will basically allow you to recreate the greatest moments in cricket history, then share them online in order to challenge other players. Enhancements have also been made to career mode to build a story around your player.
You can find Big Ant and Cricket Australia’s comments about the game below:
“We have the most active and passionate community. Many of our players logged thousands of hours with our previous cricket titles, and Cricket 19 is very much built on the experience of those players,” Big Ant CEO, Ross Symons, said.
“Whether you’re looking to enjoy a 20-year cricket career that takes you from the club level to captaining the national team, re-create an ODI or IT20 series or take part in the Ashes, or just bash some balls around with friends, Cricket 19 has you covered.”
Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager for Fan Engagement Anthony Everard said the organisation was excited to again be aligned with one of the game market’s leading cricket titles.
“Big Ant Studios did a superb job in creating an authentic and realistic cricket simulation with ‘Ashes Cricket’, and we’re thrilled to be working with them again to bring ‘Cricket 19’ to Australian fans,” Everard said.
“With a remarkable level of authenticity and all-new features that we know fans will love, we’re sure Cricket 19 will provide the definitive cricket gaming experience as Australia’s elite teams take on the old enemy in the UK.”