Why isn’t there a good rugby video game?

Rugby is one of the most popular sports in the world. According to World Rugby, there are 9.6 million people who play rugby club. However, sports are not exported in the best way on consoles. Where FIFA and NBA 2K… a global success, rugby games struggle to become more democratic. Rugby 22 will be released next January, which intends to breathe new life into the license.

The Rugby World Cup is the eighth most watched sporting competition on the planet. However, rugby games are not for the world. Bigben Interactive, which originated in Pro Cycling Manager, WRC, and even the premium Spike Volleyball licenses, didn’t risk developing a game meant for competition. The French company embarked on the adventure in 2015 with the 15th Rugby World Cup but it was a failure as evidenced by the 6/20 score released by the jeuxvideo.com editorial board. Rugby still lacks a modular video game adaptation as football, cycling and basketball have been ported so well to our consoles.

Game stages that are difficult to reproduce

The first difficulty lies in technically developing rugby. It is very difficult to reproduce the game sequence on our console and console. The argument is often used by studios to justify themselves. However, given current technical means, I’m not sure this is still valid. It is above all a question of the lack of financial resources for the development of rugby.

Rules are hard to understand

It is clear that for fans of rugby, the rules of the sport are quite integrated. But for the uninitiated, understanding rugby’s many rules can quickly become a real headache. But for the game to be successful, it must be accessible to everyone. It will therefore be necessary to find the right formula to satisfy both beginners and experts in the oval ball.

niche market

France has just over 250,000 rugby licenses in France. The United States has barely 130,000, and Japan even less. Germany has less than 20,000 registered members of the club. It is therefore difficult for a video game publisher to allocate large development funds to a sport that is ultimately unpopular in the countries that represent the largest video game market.

Mixed previous experiences

Jonah Lomu’s Challenge Rugby license could show promise at the turn of the century. However, the license ran into commercial failure. Electronic Arts also experimented with licensing “Rugby”, but only sold 40,000 copies worldwide in 2008. NBA 2K20 sold 6 million copies…in one month!

The new oval ball game developed by Nacon, scheduled for next January 27 at Rugby 22, intends to give a new impetus to its licensing. Rugby 20, the last game of the license, has hinted at the beautiful things. The stopped sentences were rather fun. The AI ​​was very acceptable and the game included the main licenses (Top 14, Championship…). But the game suffered from a severe lack of content and outdated technology.

We’ve dealt with quite a bit of Rugby 22. However, the development studio is promising “An authentic rugby experience. Play with the best clubs and the biggest countries, enjoy real dynamic sports gameplay and experience the intensity of the big matches”. See you on January 27 on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 for the verdict.

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