For the first time ever in a cricket video game, females and all-women teams will included in the upcoming Don Bradman Cricket 17, developed by one of Australia’s biggest names in video game development, Big Ant Studios.
The studio announced it today with a press release that women will be featured in the game on an equal footing to the men’s side. Players will be afforded the same deep customisation options that they’ve been accustomed to. According to Ross Symons, CEO of Big Ant Studios, the development team has put a lot of effort into bringing women into the game in the most authentic manner possible.
The inclusion of women into Don Bradman Cricket 17 meant the team created brand new character models and animations using motion-capture footage from top female cricketers.
“One thing we decided from early on was that we didn’t want to be tokenistic about this; we wanted to ensure that, just as in the men’s game, that the women’s is as completely true to the sport as is possible” Symons said, going on to explain that “in cricket, the growth of the women’s game worldwide has been exciting to watch. We wanted to do something genuine to bring gender balance to our take on the game, and we’re immensely proud to be the first developer in the world to feature women in a cricket game with Don Bradman Cricket 17.”
Don Bradman Cricket 17 is due to release this December on PS4. However, if you’d like to give the game a go before release then there’s a demo on Steam that’s being updated to give players a taste of the upcoming features. It’s free, so it’s worth a punt, right?
Big Ant Studios Press Release