Cricket 22 will be the first cricket game on next-gen consoles, the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series S / X. Melbourne-based developer Big Ant Studios announced on Thursday Cricket 22: The Official Game of The Ashes, the third entry in this series after 2019’s Cricket 19. Cricket 22 will be available on November 25 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox S / X Series, a few weeks before the Ashes began. Cricket 22 for Nintendo Switch arrives in January 2022. In addition to Ashes, Cricket 22 also brings Big Bash T20, The Hundred, and Caribbean Premier League.
Australia and England are naturally involved given, you know, the Ashes. Additionally, Cricket 22 will also feature Ireland, New Zealand and the West Indies as fully licensed teams. With the official participation of Big Bash, The Hundred and CPL, you can also expect their 30 teams to be involved as well, be it the Sydney Sixers, Trinbago Knight Riders or the Oval Invincibles.
No sign of India and other major cricketing nations although this shouldn’t be a problem given how Big Ant Studios has handled this problem in the past. On first launch, Cricket 19 would offer to download a whole slew of fan teams that would replace unlicensed teams – replacing players randomly generated by Virat Kohli and his squad.
When it comes to gameplay features, here’s what Big Ant Studios promises with Cricket 22. The developers have been working with fan feedback to improve the franchise.
- New bowling and pitch controls that will ‘refine’ what Cricket 19 fans were used to
- Story-driven career mode, putting you in control on and off the pitch. You will have control over training, injuries, press conference and more.
- New team of commentators, with Michael Atherton, Ian Healy, Mel Jones, Alison Mitchell and David Gower. Jones and Mitchell will lead the all-female commentary for the female game which receives the same treatment as the male game, Big Ant claims.
- Improved accessibility, with redesigned tutorials to make it easier for novice cricketers.
On top of that, Cricket 22 will take full advantage of the capabilities of the PS5 and Xbox Series S / X, Big Ant says. You can expect faster load times and real-time ray tracing, in addition to an array of visual upgrades. Plus, next-gen upgrades will be free. So if you buy Cricket 22 on PS4 or Xbox One, you get the corresponding PS5 or Xbox Series S / X version for free.
“The number of cricket fans who have asked us about our next generation cricket plans has been overwhelming,” Big Ant CEO Ross Symons said in a prepared statement. “We’re incredibly excited about what we’re able to bring to the table with Cricket 22. This is our fifth Simulation Cricket title, and it truly represents the cumulative of everything we’ve learned over the years. ten years (and counting) journey. We have the most passionate fans and we can’t wait to put this in their hands. “
Pre-orders are said to be live on Steam, Microsoft Store, and PlayStation Store – although at the time of writing we haven’t spotted them. For now, you can pre-order the PS4, PS5, and Xbox versions through Game Loot, Games The Shop, and Prepaid Game Card in India.
If you pre-order you will have access to Cricket 22 The Nets Challenge from mid-October which will allow you to try Cricket 22 in training nets and games. It’s like early access, but not really.
Cricket 22, described by Big Ant as “the most detailed cricket simulation”, will be released on November 25 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series S / X. It will be released in January 2022 on Nintendo Switch. It costs Rs. 3,999 in India and AUD 99.95 (around Rs. 5,450) on all platforms.