Date: May 23rd 2012
Posted By: Sidhe

SYDNEY, Australia – May 23, 2012: Tru Blu Entertainment announced today that Rugby Challenge will be available on the PlayStation® Vita handheld entertainment system, on 27 June 2012 in Europe, UK, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The first game ever published for the PlayStation Vita by Tru Blu Entertainment features console quality Rugby Challenge gameplay, graphics, game modes and authenticity. Developed by NZ game studio Sidhe, the game will be marketed as Wallabies Rugby Challenge within Australia and Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge in Europe and other territories.

“We are excited to be able to bring the successful Rugby Challenge franchise to PlayStation Vita.  It represents a quantum leap forward for hand-held gaming, delivering a console quality HD gaming experience in the palm of your hands,” said Managing Director, Sebastian Giompaolo. “We are especially looking forward to delivering a game into the hands of eager fans which utilises the touch screen capabilities of the world’s latest handheld system.”

Rugby Challenge on PlayStation Vita is packed with content, and features:

  • Multiple game modes including Single Match, Competition and Multi Year Career Modes as well as extensive Help and Tutorial Mode options for players new to the game;
  • 96 teams and 31 stadia, incorporating official team and competition licences for the All Blacks, the Qantas Wallabies, the USA Eagles, Bledisloe Cup, AU/NZ Super Rugby, Aviva Premiership Rugby, TOP 14 Orange, RaboDirect PRO12, ITM Cup, and Ranfurly Shield;
  • Utilisation of key PlayStation Vita capabilities including touch screen controls for gameplay (conversion kicks and lineouts), the rear touch panel for sprint and a full touch screen user interface;
  • Online multiplayer capabilities allowing gamers to compete in 1 vs 1 head to head play and leaderboard competitions;
  • Extensive customisation tools allowing users to shape the game to their own preferences by creating and customising new players, teams and competitions; and
  • Real-time commentary from seasoned rugby commentators Grant Nisbett and former All Blacks’ halfback Justin Marshall.


  1. ASH says:

    screen shots dont look “console quality HD” to me

  2. Matt says:

    Any chance of a demo?

  3. Vegeta says:

    Nothing for the Nintendo 3DS? It has and will continue to sell more consoles than the VITA. Would make sense to just port the VITA version no?

  4. Luchion1 says:

    The game is all good, but why does South Africa team not have the correct players names etc, those people on the South African team doesnt even exist!!!

  5. Chris says:

    I assume no word on US release. Will it be available digitally on the Vita? If so, will the US store have access to said digital version on June 27?

  6. Mati says:

    As said above, the graphics don’t really look ‘console quality’. They look like ps2 graphics or even worse

  7. BOB says:

    Will there be new kits for Newcastle and Leicester as they have new kit deals with Orion and Canterbury

  8. timi says:

    any chance of gameplay trailer

  9. Marcus Cheval says:

    Hey is rugby challenge still coming out on the 27 of June for ps vita? Eb game said its not

  10. Dan says:

    It is on the UK PSN! So getting it later, any reviews?

  11. Phoenix says:

    Has the game been delayed? I can’t find it anywhere.
    Surely we’d have been told by now if the game was delayed, right?

    Also, seems like this needs to be changed;

    “96 teams and 31 stadia, incorporating official team and competition licences for the All Blacks, the Qantas Wallabies..;”


    “96 teams and 31 stadia, incorporating what were once the official teams and competition licences for the All Blacks, the Qantas Wallabies..;”

    Come on guys.

  12. FRED says:

    I really hope there is a patch coming, I can handle the graphics because I know its handheld but really the gameplay is nowhere near the standard it should be. and no replays? whats up with that?

  13. pop says:

    dan when you get the game can you make a vid of player creation

  14. colmshan1990 says:

    Wow, haven’t played a rugby game in years, I hope this is good.

    Does it feature Munster, Leinster & Ireland? I hope it does, I’ll still probably buy it either way.

    Oh, how big is the download file for the Vita? Have to manage a nearly full memory card, it can be tough to fit everything on!

  15. Shaun says:

    If I play in career mode, after I finished the first world “championship”, the players stats disappear and when I play a match after the world “championship”, it cant save. This is so frustrating as I am a big rugby fan. Is something wrong with my vita? Should I replace it? Is my game faulty?Please help!
    Otherwise it is a good game

  16. Vegeta says:

    Looking at the sales figures both for the platform (Vita) and the game do you think you should have rather gone for the Nintendo 3DS? Also why did you decide on the Vita in the first place? Just in terms of number of consoles out there the Vita was never going to get the numbers the 3DS has at the moment at least not for now.

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