Rugby 18 will release next month complete with an array of fully licensed teams, publisher BigBen Interactive has today announced.
Developed by French independent studio Eko Software – perhaps best known for the recent PlayStation Plus freebie Handball 17 – the rugby union sim is set to release on October 27 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
In a press release, BigBen confirmed that Rugby 18 will launch with 65 licensed teams and 2,000 professional players, with both national and domestic sides receiving representation.
The title will include official versions of Australia, England, France, Scotland, Wales, Italy, South Africa, New Zealand and Fiji, while the club sides that make up the TOP 14, PRO D2, PRO14 and Aviva Premiership competitions will also be licensed.
Rugby 18 is the successor to the critically panned Rugby 15 and Rugby World Cup 2015, but BigBen will be hoping that by switching development away from HB Studios and listening to fan concerns, they’ll be able to appease fans of the 15-a-side code.
In a separate developer Q&A video, Eko Software confirmed that a number of players will include their official likeness, while the game will also feature online multiplayer for the first time in the series.