Footy fans have had their first glimpse of the AFL’s newest upcoming video game, a very early build of which was unveiled at the MCG this week.
Attendees of the Footy Festival in Yarra Park near the stadium will be able to play a version of the game produced by Big Ant Studios.
While this is far from a finished product, players will be able to score goals as Sydney’s Lance Franklin or Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield, experiencing what the new goal kicking mechanics look like.
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Video games which appeared on the Internet on wednesday show a counter where the player has to press a button to determine how hard they want to kick and then during the run up to press a button to ensure the kick is timed correctly.
Player movements look more realistic with Franklin and Dangerfield having different shot routines and animations – especially in Franklin’s case when he leans to the side before hitting.
The Xbox Series X logo was seen on the top panel of one of the TVs showing the game, suggesting that it should be released on the latest platforms (Microsoft’s machine and Sony’s PlayStation 5), although this has not been confirmed.
The latest licensed AFL game, AFL Evolution 2, was released in April 2020 to moderate acclaim at best – Foxfooty.com.au gave it a 6.75 out of 10 – but it was done by another developer, Wicked Witch Software.
Big Ant Studios was behind the popular AFL Live game released in 2011 and more recently released Cricket 22 and the AO Tennis series.
Big Ant founder and CEO Ross Simons hinted that his company was working on the game back in February with a video that included the song Holy Grail by Hunters & Collectors.