Tennis games used to be a staple of the sports game genre. You could even argue that the subgenre goes all the way back to Pong! We got some great tennis games on the original Xbox and the Xbox 360. Titles like Top Spin and Virtual Tennis were loads of fun. Even Rockstar Games kind of got into the action as the game they released using their game engine, RAGE (Rockstar Advanced Game Engine), was Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis. Despite this rich heritage, there haven’t been many tennis games during this generation of consoles. However, last year that changed with the release of AO Tennis and Tennis World Tour. Well, AO Tennis is back with, the predictably titled, AO Tennis 2. The announcement was made via a trailer which you can check out below along with the official description of the game –
In AO Tennis 2, tennis fans can take themselves from the outside courts to centre-stage glory in the all-new narrative-driven career mode. For the first time in AO Tennis, success for a young talented player depends as much on external events as great play on the court, which provides deeper immersion into the world of professional tennis.
Players can once again use Big Ant’s celebrated content editor, which was loved by the community in AO Tennis, to customize every element of their game. Furthermore, all content created and shared by users since the first game from 2018 will be available in AO Tennis 2. That’s over 20,000 players and hundreds of courts that can be enjoyed by fans of the sport.
For fans that want to relive the glories of their favorite players, AO Tennis 2 includes a roster of some of the brightest talents across both the ATP and WTA, including Rafael Nadal, Ash Barty, Angélique Kerber and many others. All venues that will be used in the 2020 Australian Open will also be available in the game, so fans can enjoy maximum authenticity as they play along with the Australian summer of tennis.
Big Ant also listened to the community and has implemented many other improvements and new features requested by players. More details about content and the career mode will be shared soon.
Developed in close collaboration with the tournament’s organizers, AO Tennis 2 will give fans a more intense experience of the Australia Open, the first of the year’s four Grand Slam events, which begins on 20 January.
The “AO” here stands for Australian Open which is the first Major tennis tournament of the year. It seems appropriate then that Australian developer Big Ant Studios is back for this sequel. This new entry will also feature an “all-new narrative-driven career mode” which sounds great. However, when they go on to suggest that “success for a young talented player depends as much on external events as great play on the court”, it does make me a little worried. It’s also a little sad that the biggest stars of the tennis world are split between franchises at the moment. This game will feature both the men’s and women’s world number ones, Rafael Nadal and Ashleigh Barty. Well, we won’t have too long to wait as AO Tennis 2 is scheduled to launch for PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation and (of course) Xbox One on 9th January 2020.
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