Milton Keynes, UK — 505 Games, has today announced it will be bringing a brand new gaming experience to cricket fans all over the world in 2013. Celebrating the most intense and long-standing international test cricket rivalry, the game launches in time for the unique double header Ashes Series that takes place in England and then a few months later in Australia.
ASHES CRICKET 2013 , currently in development at Melbourne-based cricket specialists Trickstar Games, promises the most authentic cricket experience to date and boasts exclusive licenses from both The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia (CA).
Due for release next summer on home consoles and PC, ASHES CRICKET 2013, will be the ultimate companion to the live action across the year. Other game modes will reflect all the nuances of the international game across its many formats whilst truly capturing the passion and excitement of live matches. National rivalries, venues and player personalities are perfectly captured in the most advanced simulation of the sport yet, as participants fight for the pride of their nation in either solo play or with up to three friends in local multiplayer matches or take on the world online.
Luke Bould, Head of Commercial Marketing – Cricket Australia said “The launch of the new Ashes Cricket 2013 is an important step in bringing fans closer to the game than ever before. Gaming is an important part of cricket's entertainment offering and plays a role in achieving our objective to be Australia's favourite sport. 2013 is a huge cricket year, with back to back Ashes series, and we look forward to seeing the tradition and excitement of the Ashes brought to life through Ashes Cricket 2013”
“2013 is another big year for International Cricket and it doesn’t get much bigger than the Ashes Series” commented Ralph Pitt-Stanley, General Manager for UK & Export at 505 Games “The oldest rivalry in the sport recommences on 10th July 2013, with the back to back Ashes Series in the UK and Australia so it’s a really exciting time to be working with the ECB, Cricket Australia and such a great development partner as Trickstar on this product and we can’t wait to share more details with fans everywhere”.
John Perera, Commercial Director ECB added: “The ECB is committed to bringing new fans into the sport, and the Ashes Cricket 2013 game will do just that in conjunction with the real thing - the Investec Ashes Series 2013. Most of the current England side are keen gamers, and will no doubt be spending a lot of time playing it whilst preparing for the real thing come the Summer.”
Further details on ASHES CRICKET 2013 will be revealed exclusively over the coming months via the official website community forums:
About 505 Games Ltd.
505 Games are a global publisher of video games who publish games for all ages across multiple platforms including, Microsoft Xbox 360Ô, Sony PlayStationÒ 2, PlayStationÒ 3, PSP, Nintendo WiiÔ and DS, as well as PC and online titles. Established in 2006, 505 Games have established offices in key territories around the world to publish and distribute its library of successful titles such as ArmA II, IL2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, the Cooking Mama World series, Naughty Bear, Backbreaker, Zumba Fitness and Sniper Elite V2. The headquarters of 505 Games is based in Milton Keynes - UK and further offices are located in Lyon (France), Munich (Germany), Milan (Italy), Madrid (Spain) and Los Angeles (U.S.A). A further network of key distribution partners based in Nordic territories and Australia enable global distribution of 505’s titles. To see the latest releases, news and more about 505 Games go to: www.505games.co.uk
About Trickstar Games
Trickstar Games is a licensed developer with Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft, based in Melbourne, Australia, and produces games on all major gaming platforms including web browser, iOS and Android. Headed by Mike Fegan and Tony Parkes, who together have over 50 years’ experience in the interactive entertainment industry and have been involved in the production, publishing and distribution of over 500 games. Founded in 2009, Trickstar have developed an impressive portfolio of titles including Bafta-Nominated International Cricket 2010, Jane’s Advance Strike Fighters, Damage Inc. Pacific Squadron WWII, StuntMania, StuntMania Reloaded, Fumes: Stunt Racer and Tankz as well as BAFTA nominated, UK & Australia No.1 hit title - Ashes Cricket.
For more information about Trickstar go to www.trickstargames.com
The ECB is the single national governing body for cricket in England and Wales, and is based at Lord’s, the home of cricket. It was founded in 1997 and is responsible for the whole game – from playground to the Test arena. www.ecb.co.uk
About Cricket Australia
Cricket Australia (CA) is the governing body for cricket in Australia. Its vision is for cricket to be Australia's favourite sport. Membership of CA is made up of six state associations, each of whom have a representative on the Cricket Australia Board. The state and territory cricket associations govern cricket activity and implement Cricket Australia programs within their region. ACT Cricket and NT Cricket are non-member associations.