Australian Open Tennis Announced for PS4 and Xbox One

Australian studio Big Ant Studios has announced AO Tennis, a new sports series based off the Australian Open. AO Tennis launches just next month in Australia and New Zealand, January 16 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A representative from Big Ant also told Stevivor that a worldwide release will be coming shortly after, and they’re aiming for a March release.

The release will sport Spain’s big hitter Rafa Nadal and German star Angelique Kerber on the cover, and will have full Australian Open licensing, meaning that you’ll get to play in the famous Rod Laver Arena. It’s not entirely clear whether there’ll be other players from the tour, but you may be hoping there aren’t, because Big Ant’s Ross Symons claims that the Spaniard is “the hardest player to beat because in game he plays like his real-life counterpart”.

Big Ant provides more information about the reveal:

“The game will set a new standard for the sport of tennis, combining the heritage and history of the Australian Open with Big Ant’s celebrated photogrammetry perfectly capturing the stars, and real-world statistical data to deepen the AI of each athlete,” the developer today said in a press release.

“With previous tennis games, the world #1 would be challenging to beat, because his or her in-game attributes would be set to merely make fewer errors. That worked well at the time, but we’ve taken things to the next level,” Big Ant CEO, Ross Symons, said. “In AO Tennis Rafael Nadal is the hardest player to beat because in game he plays like his real life counterpart; he plays a game style befitting the #1 player in the world.”

“Every day we are constantly looking for ways to enable our fans to engage more deeply and more often in the Australian Open, and having the opportunity to play AO Tennis fully immerses them in this incredible event,” Tennis Australia CEO and Australian Open Tournament Director, Craig Tiley, said.

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