News – Rugby World Cup 2011 announced

April 5, 2011 by  
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Thanks to 505 Games and Canadian developer HB Studios, Xbox 360 and PS3 will be getting a Rugby World Cup game on August 26th, which seems fitting given that the tournament starts in late summer.

Rugby World Cup 2011 will feature all the teams, the pool stages and New Zealand-based finals of the tournament, online play, and is said to be the most accurate Rugby simulation ever created.

“It’s a huge coup for 505 Games to be working with HB Studios on this opportunity and we could not be any more excited about this title. Rugby World Cup is one of the top sporting events on the planet and HB Studios have proven time and time again that they are experts in developing sports games that deliver on every level, We’re thrilled to be part of this huge spectacle and to be publishing one of the most visible games of the year.” Ian Howe, Managing Director of 505 Games seems happy.

“Developing RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011 for Xbox 360 and PS3™ has given us the opportunity to create the definitive representation of a sport we all have such a passion for,” said Alastair Jarvis, General Manager at HB Studios. “The attention to detail in both the visual quality of the game and the representation of the gameplay is second to none. It captures the thrills and excitement of Rugby World Cup in a way we simply have not been able to achieve before. Online play, especially, adds an entirely new dimension to the game, boosting national pride as players challenge competitors from across the globe to their own international matches.”

HB Studios obviously know their stuff, having developed a number of Rugby games for EA over the years.