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    Rugby World Cup 2011 Official Game


    HB Studios and 505 GAMES ANNOUNCE RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011 – THE OFFICIAL GAME OF RUGBY WORLD CUP
    *The definitive Rugby game comes to consoles this summer with full online play
    Unrivalled detail and player experience

    Rugby World Cup Limited has today announced the appointment of HB Studios and 505 GAMES as Official Licensee to exclusively produce RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011, the official game of this year’s Tournament in New Zealand.

    Due to be launched on August 26th for the Xbox360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 platforms, the innovative and unique game will reflect in detail the incredible action and passion of Rugby’s showcase sporting event with the most accurate Rugby experience ever created.

    Developed by leading Rugby developer HB Studios, RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011 represents the studio’s first Rugby game on this generation of consoles and takes full advantage of the available hardware to create a game that reflects the prestige of the world’s third-largest sports event.

    RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011 will challenge players to pick from the 20 Rugby World Cup 2011 participating countries, and attempt to lead their team through the pool phase progress to the Final and the opportunity to lift the prestigious Webb Ellis Cup.

    National rivalries, venues and player personalities are perfectly captured as participants will fight for the pride of their nation in either solo play or with up to three friends in local multiplayer matches. For the first time, HB Studios will give players the chance to fight for the glory of their country online by challenging other players to one-on-one matches on Xbox LIVE® and PlayStation®Network.

    “We are delighted that there will be an official game of Rugby World Cup 2011, delivering the ability to boost the tournament experience for Rugby fans whilst growing the appeal and profile of our sport across all markets. This game will capture the emotion, passion, drama and excitement of what is the biggest sporting event of the year,” said IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset.

    “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.”

    “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,” said Ian Howe, Managing Director, 505 games. “We’re thrilled to be part of this huge spectacle and to be publishing one of the most visible games of the year.”

    RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011 will be available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system on August 26th 2011. For more information, please visit the official website at www.rwc2011game.com.

    The official RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011 logo and imagery can be downloaded from http://www.nz2011services.com/CmsPages/MediaForm.aspx

    About HB Studios.
    HB Studios is the largest video game developer in Atlantic Canada. Founded in July 2000, HB has shipped 32 titles with over 200 SKUs across Xbox 360, PlayStation®3, , Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation®Portable, PC, PlayStation®2 and Xbox selling more than 17.5 million units. For more information, please visit http://www.hb-studios.com/

    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 360, Sony PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii 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 and Zumba Fitness. 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. o see the latest releases, news and more about 505 Games go to: www.505games.co.uk

    About Rugby World Cup 2011
    Rugby World Cup is the crown jewel of the sport and a prominent global property – with television coverage of Rugby World Cup 2007 spanning more than 200 territories, reaching a cumulative audience of 4 billion viewers. Rugby World Cup 2011 is being held in New Zealand for the first time since the inaugural event in 1987. Teams representing 20 nations will compete in 48 matches across 12 Host Cities between 9 September and 23 October 2011.

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    so this is the rugby 2012 game?

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    Good stuff!
    I look forward to it, will pre-order it asap!

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    The name of our game will be Rugby World Cup 2011 - the Rugby 2012 name has been retired...

    Thank you to everyone at the forum for your patience as we've worked toward this announcement - there's been a lot going on and we're very excited to share this news with you.
    Last edited by HB_AJ; 05-04-11 at 12:53 PM.

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    So we learned that there will only be 20 playable teams

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    Right.......so all looks good, happy for the announcement. But so now we're to assume that its only international teams, so the game maybe quite narrow despite online play. Having no provincial leagues etc if that is the case would be very disappointing!

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    what about after the world cup when interest fades, how is it going to have longevity with only 20 teams ?

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    Exactly, it would have no longevity....

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    so it isn't going to be released on the pc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dangandan View Post
    so it isn't going to be released on the pc?
    Welcome to last year.

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    so i'm guessing no then? things may have changed over time which is why i'm asking.

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    If that is the case, looks like another 2 years for cyRil and Neil James playing Rugby 06 on the Xbox...
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    Hoping player Likeness is good in all aspects...in 08 it did not seem to really matter how big a guy was, it did not really show up in gameplay in a realistic way. Am confident the visuals will be great as they say...visuals and accurate reflection of real rugby will be key to success. We want realism...well that is what i want, anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dangandan View Post
    so i'm guessing no then? things may have changed over time which is why i'm asking.
    You're right, it could've. I apologise.

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    Just think abour JLR - it only had international teams but is still being played to this day. If this has good enough gameplay that replicates the game of Rugby well, then the respect it will gather among the Rugby community should set it up for a successful series of games!

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    well this is certainly interesting So 20 playable teams, 40 quid per game which works out at £2 a team. Not bad...... hahahahaha
    Would have liked club teams, but i'm not gonna be arsy. Thanks to TRF and HB for releasing the info, can't wait to see how true the statement "The attention to detail in both the visual quality of the game and the representation of the gameplay is second to none" is . I presume that means that Adam Jones's mop top and Gavin Henson's lovely (fake) tan will be well re created??? awesome stuff
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    Great news! Especially the Online announcement! Well worth the wait!
    Does anyone know if clubs will also be included or is it only the Rugby World Cup teams?

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    Fifa South Africa world cup kept me playing longer than Fifa 10 did because the gameplay was better


    I'm just happy with the online aspect of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRF_Olyy View Post
    I'm just happy with the online aspect of it
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    The game sounds great but just a bit disapointed there will be no club teams.

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    No club teams?! That's very very poor when you consider games like Fifa where you can play as every playable team under the sun! Might just wait till after the World Cup and buy it second hand as the price will plummet by Christmas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duckdee View Post
    You, me, August 27th, 4pm.

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    this bites, no clubs or provinces?
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    I'm surprised that no-one has asked about the licensing? Are the official All Blacks and Australian teams going to be in it due to the other title that has secured those licenses? Will those teams be editable? Or will they be the two teams that you'll just have to play with invented name players? I guess we shall hear at some point soon. Maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C A Iversen View Post
    I'm surprised that no-one has asked about the licensing? Are the official All Blacks and Australian teams going to be in it due to the other title that has secured those licenses? Will those teams be editable? Or will they be the two teams that you'll just have to play with invented name players? I guess we shall hear at some point soon. Maybe.
    Thats a good point there dude, Will be very interesting to see and official world cup game without "arguably" the biggest team in world rugby (enter abuse). Its kinda like having a Fifa world cup game without Brazil licensed :P :P all in time i guess
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    BTW, I totally called this:

    Quote Originally Posted by Duckdee View Post
    I can't help but think we're taking the inclusion of club teams for granted...
    Quote Originally Posted by Duckdee View Post
    I wasn't even thinking about if the teams will be licensed or not, but whether there will be clubs at all. It's just a feeling I have from the fact that the game is coming out for the RWC, the "15 faces" post, and (even though it's not related) Ashes Cricket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duckdee View Post
    BTW, I totally called this:





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    Fair call. Good work, I don't think anyone else could've claimed that they've said something similar. Now to hear if it's a fully licensed World Cup.

    My honest feeling is that it isn't. I'd love to be wrong, but the press release does not mention licensing for all teams, so I fear that New Zealand and Australia may not be there with official squads.

    I'm sure HB have given their all to have done so if they could though. I'm still very, very happy to hear the news though. I'm sure they'll have nailed the game-play and the presentation will be first rate, so I guess it just my worries with that one little question now.

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    so happy they're releasing the game. However, a few more details would be nice! I suspecty however it will follow the format of the previous football world cup games such as the one realeased in 2010 also by HB studios.

    looking to pre-order now!

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