Big Ant has revealed that Cricket 24 is in the works and coming much sooner than expected. The game is set to release in June this year – in time for The Ashes which kicks off on June 16th.
The game is set to release on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PS4 with a Nintendo Switch version coming a little later in November, and will hopefully build on the last few cricket releases from Big Ant.
Big Ant has detailed some of what fans can expect from Cricket 24, which includes The Ashes, over 200 players with full photogrammetry player models, a Career Mode, cross-platform play, a Pro Team online mode and overhauled gameplay systems:
The Ashes; Cricket 24 will feature the biggest rivalry in cricket, The Ashes. Detailed cutscenes put the user into the moment as the Ashes tour progresses. Feel a part of the team with press conferences and team training sessions. Unique commentary allows for complete Ashes immersion. Experience The Ashes playing as a single player, or as Australia or England.
Official Licenses; Over 200 players with full photogrammetry. Major Cricket Nations including Australia, England, West Indies, New Zealand and Ireland with more to be announced. The biggest tournaments including The Ashes, the KFC BBL and Weber WBBL, The Hundred, the Caribbean Premier League plus a number of “to be announced” professional Indian T20 teams, along with more than 50 highly detailed official stadiums.
Career Mode; Follow the journey of your player from club cricketer to the international stage, developing your skills and growing your fan base as you hone your craft to become the next big thing in cricket. Cricket 24 gives more control to the player in determining their destiny, becoming a short-form hero, focusing on the Test team, or trying to balance both on your way to cricketing stardom.
All new fielding; A complete overhaul of the fielding systems to provide the most realistic and responsive fielding controls ever seen in a cricket video game.
Cross Platform; Fully cross platform, play online against your friends and the world’s best players regardless of platform. Create and share custom content across different platforms including stadiums, players, teams and more with the academy.
Pro Team; Collect player cards and build your cricket dream team. Take on weekly challenges in single player game play, or go online against the world. Join with your friends to compete at teambuilding in The Auction mode.
“The passion and excitement shown by our fans at the prospect of another game being released before the upcoming Ashes has been overwhelming,” says Ross Symons, CEO of Big Ant, in the accompanying press release. “We’ve been working incredibly hard with cricket boards all over the world to bring what is the deepest, most realistic video game representation of the sport ever. I believe Cricket 24 will bring something special for cricket fans all over the world, it is the first truly global cricket video game.”
The last cricket game (Cricket 22) was released by Big Ant studios in 2021, and currently has a 63 on Metacritic.