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Rugby 25 early access given shock release

BY Jack Tunney  ·  Thursday Jun 27, 2024

The much anticipated Rugby 24 video game has delivered an important update today.

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Not only has it confirmed the name change to ‘Rugby 25’, but also it has confirmed that the game will be available on ‘Early access’ from the 28th of June 2024.

Yes, that is correct, tomorrow the game will be playable under the BETA version as the game looks to address any anomalies and glitches ahead of the full release.

A statement from developers ‘Big Ant Studios’ reads:

“Looking at the logo, you might be wondering, ‘Rugby 25? What happened to Rugby 24?’ So let’s dive right in.

“First and foremost, we sincerely apologies to you for the significant delay you have endured in anticipation of this new Rugby game. We’ve spent considerable time signing more than 150 rugby licensing deals and also traveling the world to scan players whenever they could be made available. This delay has caused us to now focus on the 2024 and 2025 seasons, hence we have decided to appropriately rename Rugby 24 to Rugby 25.

“So, we’ve decided that the time is right to launch an Early Access for Rugby 25, starting on 28 June 2024.

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“Yes – tomorrow!

“In this initial Early Access release you will be able to select from 21 Nations, including the Australian Wallabies and French teams, with complete photogrammetry. Other teams and photogrammetry will be constantly added over the Early Access period.

“It should be noted that the Al and player movement are in an experimental phase and anomalies will occur as we lock these important elements of the game in.

“Upon final release, Rugby 25 will have over 140 International Teams including New Zealand, South Africa, England, France, and Australia, plus over 150 Club Sides in 11 Competitions with URC, English Premiership, French Top14, MLR, and Super Rugby Pacific.”

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“Explaining how to access the game, developers have confirmed that “Early Access will only be available on Steam. Final game will be on PC and consoles.”

Fans are optimistic about the update, with one fan hoping for a Rugby 08 style game, saying: “I hope the engine is inspired from the Rugby 08 engine, or better, The other Rugby XX games post Rugby 08 has been a letdown.”

Another added: “Super Rugby pacific being announced low-key like that is crazy, this is a massive W Will there be a my league mode similar to rugby 08 to utilise all the teams and players properly”

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