Typically, sports activities video video games want to vary their covers simply earlier than they’re launched. It’s occurred with FIFA and PES, it’s occurred with Madden, it’s occurred to NBA 2K. It’s now additionally occurring with Cricket 22, however for barely extra scandalous causes.
When Kyrie Irving, Neymar, LeBron, Ronaldo and Brett Favre all needed to get their respective covers swapped, it was as a result of that they had modified groups between the duvet first being proven off and the sport truly being launched. Which is a headache for these manufacturing and advertising and marketing the video games, however not normally the most important deal.
With Cricket 22, although, builders Large Ant had chosen as one in every of two cowl stars Tim Paine, the Australian captain, pondering this could be a preferred and protected selection. Which it was, proper up till the second final week the place it emerged he had despatched “lewd messages” and an unsolicited dick pic to a feminine former colleague.
This happened in 2018, and whereas on the time he was cleared after personal investigations by native cricket authorities decided the alternate was “consensual”, the investigation solely happened in any respect as a result of the girl receiving the messages had lodged an official grievance, resulting in native debate over simply how consensual they have been.
The scandal turned public late final week, and because of this Paine has stepped down from his function as captain, which in cricket is a way more vital and highly effective determine than most different sports activities. He’ll, nonetheless, proceed to play for Australia within the upcoming Ashes sequence towards England.
OK, phew, now that I’ve defined all of that for the worldwide viewers who most likely had no concept what was happening, it has been determined that Paine can even be eliminated as the duvet star of the native Cricket sport, with builders Large Ant releasing this assertion:
Hiya cricket followers!
We all know you’re excited to get your palms on Cricket 22 – The Official Recreation Of The Ashes.
We’re each bit as eager to get the sport to you, because the staff has been working extremely exhausting to make what we consider is our best title but.
Sadly, elements past our management have meant that we have to replace the sport’s cowl artwork, different visuals and staff lists. There was a crucial day 1 patch that gamers might want to benefit from the full Cricket 22 expertise that has consequently wanted to be revoked. The brand new patch received’t be prepared for launch till December 2.
In consequence, we now have made the troublesome resolution to delay the sport’s launch by every week for all platforms each bodily and digital. That is the primary time Large Ant Studios have ever needed to delay a sport launch, however we discover ourselves in an unprecedented place. Everybody at Large Ant Studios wish to thank our followers and supporters for understanding our want to do that, making certain the sport is as full and genuine a cricket expertise as is feasible.
We are going to replace you with additional particulars quickly. Within the meantime, circle December 2 on the calendar!
We will’t wait to see you on the market on the sphere.
Ross Symons, CEO, and the Large Ant staff
Paine has already been changed on the duvet by quick bowler Pat Cummins, a alternative finished so rapidly that digital copies of the sport will now be assembly their December 2 launch date, with solely bodily copies being delayed.