Big Ant Studious have been forced to alter the release date of the latest version of the popular cricket game Cricket 22. The game was set to launch on November 25, just three weeks ahead of the high-profile Ashes series. The original plan, however, has been changed following Tim Paine’s involvement in the sexting scandal.
Paine addressed the media on November 19 and accepted the charges. The wicketkeeper-batter was set to feature on the cover art and elements of the game. However, following the controversy, the publisher pushed back the release date as the team will need to modify the cover and some elements of the game.
“We know you’re excited to get your hands on Cricket 22 – The Official Game of the Ashes,” an official announcement read.
“We’re every bit as keen to get the game to you, as the team has been working incredibly hard to make what we believe is our greatest title yet.”
The release further revealed that the game will now be released on December 2. “Unfortunately, factors beyond our control have meant that we need to update the game’s cover art, other visuals, and team lists.
“There was a critical day 1 patch that players will need to enjoy the full Cricket 22 experience that has consequently needed to be revoked. The new patch won’t be ready for release until December 2.
The Big Ant Studious further thanked the fans and supporters for their continuous love. “Everyone at Big Ant Studios would like to thank our fans and supporters for understanding our need to do this, ensuring the game is as full and authentic a cricket experience as is possible.”
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia have announced Pat Cummins as the new captain of the Test team, while Paine has taken an indefinite break from all forms of the game.