Update: Big Ant has officially launched Cricket 24 today for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.
Physical version are available in-stores and digital console versions for PlayStation and Xbox have launched, although the game hasn’t quite gone live on Steam just yet and a Switch version is coming at a later date. You can find physical and digital versions of the game at the below:
We’re currently playing the game and will have a full review available as soon as possible.
Big Ant recently revealed that Cricket 24 was in the works, and initially said that it would release in June this year – in time for The Ashes which kicked off this month. Naturally, since we’re at the tail end of June now it was easy to assume this would no longer be the case.
Now, the studio has announced the game’s firm release date, and it’s a bit further out than initially anticipated, with the game scheduled to come to PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PS4 on October 5th, with a Nintendo Switch version still coming a little later in November. Those who purchase the game on the older generation of PlayStation and Xbox consoles will be able to upgrade at no extra cost should they purchase a PS5 or Xbox Series X|S.
“We can’t wait for cricket fans to be able to experience and play Cricket 24, leading their favourite Test, One Day or T20 team to victory in the most realistic cricket video game ever made,” said Big Ant CEO, Ross Symons, in an accompanying press release. “After a decade of experience the Big Ant Studios team are the leading cricket video game developers in the world. We are really excited to offer our fans Cricket 24 this October, a cricket game with greater immersion and depth than any that have come before it.”
As previously revealed, cricket fans can expect some big features from the game, although the most recent announcement has omitted the previous mention of a Pro Team mode, which may be a result of the fumbling of AFL 23’s own Pro Team mode, which still hasn’t released.
The Ashes; Cricket 24 will feature the biggest rivalry in cricket – The Ashes. Detailed cutscenes put the user into the moment as gamers get the chance to play out their very own Ashes journey. Feel a part of the team with press conferences and team training sessions. Unique commentary allows for complete immersion. Experience The Ashes playing as a single player, or as a member of the Australian or English teams.
Official Licenses; Over 200 players with full photogrammetry. Major cricket nations including Australia, England, Pakistan, West Indies, New Zealand and Ireland with more to be announced over the coming months. The biggest tournaments including The Ashes, the KFC BBL and Weber WBBL, The Hundred, the Caribbean Premier League and the Pakistan Super 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 all the way 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 you more control in determining your 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 with no platform restrictions. Create and share custom content across all platforms including stadiums, players, teams and more with the Academy.