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RUGBY CHALLENGE 2: THE LIONS TOUR EDITION ANNOUNCED FOR PS3, 360 AND PC
British and Irish Lions roar in rugby union videogame sequel

SYDNEY, Australia – March 20, 2013 – Home Entertainment Suppliers Pty Ltd (HES) announced today the development of Rugby Challenge 2: The Lions Tour Edition for PlayStation®3, Microsoft Xbox 360® and PC, by New Zealand based games developer Sidhe. The sequel product includes myriad new features, improvements and fresh content including the addition of the highly anticipated British and Irish Lions 2013 Tour of Australia.

“We have been very excited to build on the huge success of the original Rugby Challenge†said Sebastian Giompaolo, Managing Director for HES. “Brand new features, expanded and refined gameplay, more options, and additional licenses such as the British and Irish Lions bring this game franchise to a whole new level. This is the definitive rugby union videogame experienceâ€.
The game will be released as Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge 2 in France, All Blacks Rugby Challenge 2 in New Zealand, and Rugby Challenge 2: The Lions Tour Edition in rest of world.

The features and content of Rugby Challenge 2: The Lions Tour Edition include:


  • Play in Single Match Mode, multi-team Competition Mode, a vastly expanded multi-year Career Mode, Tutorial Mode, or compete in online multiplayer with support up to 4v4 via PlayStation®Network, Xbox LIVE®, or Steam
  • Refined and expanded gameplay with the addition of quick taps, quick lineouts, mauls from lineouts, interceptions, contesting ball at the breakdown, removing players from the ruck, number 8 scrum pickups, and dynamic in game team strategies on both attack and defence
  • 110+ teams and 50+ stadia from around the world featured including official team, competition, and special match licenses for the All Blacks, the Qantas Wallabies, the USA Eagles, Bledisloe Cup, British and Irish Lions 2013 Tour of Australia, Barbarians FC, Combined Country, Super Rugby teams, Aviva Premiership Rugby, TOP 14 Orange, Pro D2, RaboDirect PRO12, ITM Cup, and Ranfurly Shield
  • More options to create or customise players, teams, and competitions, and change game rules and behaviour to shape the game to play how you want and keep the game fresh year after year
  • Revamped sound and commentary systems, with real-time commentary from seasoned rugby commentators Grant Nisbett and former All Black turned commentator Justin Marshall, and French language commentary from Eric Bayle and Thomas Lombard

“It has been a wonderful opportunity to build on the foundation we established with the original game to create a deeper, more engaging, and higher quality experience†said Tyrone McAuley, Technical Director for Sidhe and project vision holder. “Tighter controls, smoother animation, and smarter AI improve the title moment to moment, while additions such as significant new Northern Hemisphere content create a more global and well rounded gameâ€.

Rugby Challenge 2: The Lions Tour Edition will release worldwide for PS3, 360 and PC in midyear 2013. More information and ongoing updates about the game can be found at the official website www.rugbychallengegame.com

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About HES
Home Entertainment Suppliers Pty Ltd (HES) are a Sydney-based firm specialising in the distribution of video game consoles, games and accessories throughout the Australian market. Established in 1984, HES are the exclusive distributors of Mad Catz and Tru Blu games in Australia, including 2003’s record breaking NRL Rugby League for PS2, XBOX and PC. HES also has a video game publishing arm, Tru Blu Entertainment.

About Sidhe
Founded in 1997, Sidhe is the award-winning console development arm of leading videogame publisher PikPok. Sidhe has a proven track record of creating high-quality, mass-market, licensed and original titles for a worldwide audience. The studio has produced more than 20 high-profile games including the award winning original titles GripShift® and Shatter®, Speed Racer The Videogame, and Rugby Challenge. For more information on Sidhe, please visit: www.sidhe.co.nz
 

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really? if so awesome
 

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Is it bad that the first thing I did was check that it wasn't April 1st already? :p

Great news anyway, hope it's an improvement on Rugby Challenge, great to see the Lions tour added, and I bloody hope career mode is sorted out including the recruitment!

edit: Also is that Kearney I see starting at 15?!! Blasphemy! Long Live Halfpenny! ;)
 

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Seeing as it isn't April first I'm believing this so ou better not be massing. I do however realise the rugby game pr guys are really good. Still I did get enjoyment out of the first one and hopefully this one builds on it. Hopefully you're able to transfer players from the Rabo and Top14. Happy to see they'll pay more attention to NH players.
 
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Ha, Getofmeland can even post a link to the Sidhe announcement and he's still not trusted.
 

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Ha, Getofmeland can even post a link to the Sidhe announcement and he's still not trusted.

The last one was so masterful. Once bitten twice shy and all of that. I've even seen an article hinting to this on another site but was still unsure.
 

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Must have lost everyones trust ;-)
 

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Awesome, this came kind of under the radar. Presumably they'll try to get the release to coincide with the Lions tour itself so some time fairly soon (or they'll just push it back to next year...)

Either way, I'm pumped.
 

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Very very keen for this!
I enjoyed RC quite a lot, even if they left the gameplay as is, but added in the things listed above (quick taps, lineouts, no 8 pickups etc.etc.) I'd be very happy.
Can't wait!
Hopefully there isn't a big delay in release between SH and NH - I imagine they'll be looking for a late may/early June release as the Lions tour starts up on June 1st.


Sidhe bringing the controversy with Rory best at 2 and Kearney at 15 in the screenshot :p
 

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Is it bad that the first thing I did was check that it wasn't April 1st already? :p

Great news anyway, hope it's an improvement on Rugby Challenge, great to see the Lions tour added, and I bloody hope career mode is sorted out including the recruitment!

edit: Also is that Kearney I see starting at 15?!! Blasphemy! Long Live Halfpenny! ;)

This is exactly what I thought in all sense :p I'm intrigued to see if this is just an expansion to RC1 or is a fully fledged sequel.

Exiting times :D
 

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Yeah just heard about this im so getting this
 

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Very very keen for this!
I enjoyed RC quite a lot, even if they left the gameplay as is, but added in the things listed above (quick taps, lineouts, no 8 pickups etc.etc.) I'd be very happy.
Can't wait!
Hopefully there isn't a big delay in release between SH and NH - I imagine they'll be looking for a late may/early June release as the Lions tour starts up on June 1st.


Sidhe bringing the controversy with Rory best at 2 and Kearney at 15 in the screenshot :p

Gray at 4, Robshaw at 7, Philips at 9....luckily they were smart enough to have BO'D at 13.
 

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Wow. Cannot wait. :D

Was actually just thinking about re-getting AB Rugby Challenge. This is so cool. :D

EDIT:
Love the idea of altering the rules. :D Is it bad that I thought of sige? Though I'm not sure you can alter goalposts and how many men on the field... :p
 
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No Six Nations or Springboks, 'Super Rugby' teams... Any Saffa sides?
I seriously hope there is no transfer lock. After all the time I have put into the rosters, it would kill me to redo every team.

RC1 was a good setup for what could be an excellent series.
 

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They announced it on facebook so i think we can all go to bed with a smile on our face and waiting for expectations of further developments.
 

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Must have lost everyones trust ;-)

Hey man, you did that yourself a year ago ;)

I was even checking the website for the story itself. So, unless you are the owner of sidhe.co.nz we can be sure this is the real deal...
 

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It's on the Sidhe forums and Twitter, so it should be credible.
Really looking forward to seeing this.
 

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Good stuff. It looks like they have customised at least some Northern Hemisphere players faces. I was getting sick of Sonny Bill Williams looking majestic, while they failed to capture Brian O'Driscoll's rugged good looks and charm.
Really looking forward to this. Went into Dublin to play the game before release last time around. I enjoyed the last game a lot, I just hope they can sort out little things in gameplay (which it looks like they've aimed to do) and annoying things like transfer restrictions and a bad transfer mode. Early days but it looks like they've taken a lot of recommendations from fans onboard, which I suppose you have to when you're working with a reasonably small market of buyers.
Also hope they don't underestimate how popular it will be on release over here. Buying a copy was more difficult than buying crack in a nunnery.
 

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