We’ve had a lot of interest in Rugby Challenge for PS3 from North America, and today we’re very pleased to announce that PS3 gamers in the USA and Canada can now get their hands on Rugby Challenge. Rugby Challenge for PS3 is now also available in Japan:
Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (AMEX/TSX: MCZ) announced today the shipping of Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge throughout North America for the Xbox 360 ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
“We are excited to be shipping Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge. The game is receiving positive reviews and there is a lot of excitement within the rugby community,” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. “The release of Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge is part of our long term growth strategy and demonstrates our commitment to building the software publishing component of our business.”
Developed by leading New Zealand game studio Sidhe®, Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge features 93 teams and 31 stadia including the exclusive license for the All Blacks and the Qantas Wallabies teams. Featuring intense single player and multiplayer modes, Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge offers gamers an unrivalled Xbox 360 rugby experience. This game is rated “E” for everyone by the ESRB.
Mad Catz has announced that they will be releasing Rugby Challenge on Xbox 360 in North America on October 20. North American gamers will be able to purchase the game from the GameShark store and from Amazon then, as well as from Gamestop.
You can view the announcement on the Mad Catz Facebook page, here.
Rugby Challenge is now available for pre-order in the Steam store at a 20 % discount. This offer is only available on pre-order purchases, so place your order in the next nine days to take advantage of the price cut. You can find the Steam store page for Rugby Challenge here.
Tru Blu has set a release date for the upcoming Rugby Challenge patch. Gamers will be able to download and install this to their consoles from October 7. We recommend that all current stock for NZ, Australia, and South Africa be patched, but future stock, including that coming to most other territories a week later, will have the update included on the retail disc. For details of what is included in the patch please click here.
Below are the notes for the upcoming Rugby Challenge patch:
o Added ‘Game Play Sliders’ to Game Play options to adjust the following:
· High Tackle Frequency
· Offload frequency (AI)
· Offload success rate
· Pass success rate
· Break tackle ability
· Tackle ability
· Attack urgency
· Defensive urgency
o Added the ability to play Online Private Matches with either Balanced Team Stats or Offline Team Stats.
o Movement restrictions for RaboDirect Pro12 and Top 14, now players can only be moved within their respective competition due to licensing restrictions.
o Xbox 360 – Improved frame rate.
o Xbox 360 – Fixed issue where 50 Online Matches Trophy were not being awarded.
o Fixed issue where if an injury occurs on a try the gamer would not be awarded a conversion attempt.
o Fixed issue where Knock-on in in-goal area caused issues with awarding a Try and awarding a penalty to the Try Scorer when advantage was being played.
o Fixed issue where attacking team gets tackled over dead ball line, results in attacking team performing drop out on the 22m line.
o Corrected text from ‘Penalty’ to ‘Option’ when lineout results in an option to the opposition.
o Fixed issue where if the gamer holds sprint during a Tutorial in the loading screen the panting SFX would continue into game.
o Fixed issue where sin bin returns where being cancelled by a new yellow card.
o Fixed issue where Yellow Card players would not return to the field under specific circumstances with ‘Time added on’ (over 40mins and over 80mins).
o Fixed issue where if more than 2 yellow card players were off field they would return to the field in the wrong order.
o Fixed issue where some gamers were not able to replace injured players.
o Fixed issue where passing to playmaker from the ruck would sometimes pass to forwards.
o Fixed issue where failed passes would sometimes be thrown at an extreme angle backwards.
o Fixed issue where the Haka would sometimes play with incorrect leader animations.
o Some player names changed for licensing reasons.
o Various other stability improvements, minor fixes, and minor tweaks.
All changes will be incorporated into the console versions released in Europe and North America, in the PC version, and will come as standard in future shipments to rest of world.
Tru Blu has updated the Rugby Challenge Official Game page on Facebook with a release date for Europe, the UK, and all other territories apart from North America:
ANNOUNCEMENT: Tru Blu Entertainment wishes to announce the release date for Europe, U.K. and the rest of the world (excluding U.S./Canada). The release date for Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 is the 14th October 2011. Thank you for being so patient and I hope you enjoy the game. Further announcements will be made outlining details. Sebastian Giompaolo, MD
Sony NZ has announced the availability of an All Blacks Rugby Challenge PS3 console bundle. This incredible value pack includes PS3™ 160GB and All Blacks Rugby Challenge PS3 game for NZ$479.95 RRP. Limited bundles available. See your local gaming retailer for details.
Rugby Challenge vision-holder and guru, Tyrone, has put together a few tips to enable you to get more out of your players.
The release date for Australia has been moved up to September 2, meaning that Australian gamers will be able to get their hands on Wallabies Rugby Challenge for both consoles almost a week sooner. The original release date for Wallabies Rugby Challenge was September 8.