Lesquin, October 10th, 2019 – Big Ant Studios and BIGBEN are pleased to announce publishing and distribution partnership for the second game in the AO Tennis series.
AO Tennis gained a loyal and active community with Big Ant Studios providing ongoing support and updates based on player feedback for over a year after launch. Now, fans are eagerly awaiting the next game. The new edition draws from the cumulative experience of BIGBEN and Big Ant Studios in tennis simulations.
“We are thrilled to be working with a publisher that has the experience and heritage in sports games that BIGBEN does,” said Ross Symons, Founder and CEO of Big Ant Studios. “AO Tennis has a passionate community of tennis fans, and with BIGBEN we have been able to craft the complete experience that every fan of the sport will love.”
“We are delighted to be working with Big Ant Studios on the next AO Tennis. They have already demonstrated their expertise in sports simulations. We quickly became enthusiastic about their talented team, which is made up of passionate developers who listen to their player community. This partnership will enrich BIGBEN’s catalogue of sports simulations that are suitable for both experienced and casual gamers,” said Benoît Clerc, Head of Publishing at BIGBEN.
In addition to Big Ant Studios’ lauded player, stadia, clothing and logo creation features, tennis fans will be able to play matches with the world’s best ATP and WTA players, including Rafael Nadal, Ash Barty, Angélique Kerber and many others. Fully supported by and developed in partnership with the Australian Open, this is the official game of the first major tennis championship for the year.
“Each day, we are constantly looking for ways to enable our fans to engage more deeply and more often with the Australian Open, and having the opportunity to play AO Tennis fully immerses them in this incredible event,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said. “The player feedback from our first game was overwhelmingly positive and we are again proud to deliver an authentic tennis video game experience. We hope this tennis experience from the couch will also inspire future generations out onto the court.”
AO Tennis 2 will be available on PC and consoles on January 9th 2020.
About Big Ant Studios
Big Ant Studios Pty Ltd, a privately owned and operated independent game developer and publisher, is one of Australia’s largest and longest-running game development studios, having developed and published games from historic platforms including the Game Boy Advance and PlayStation Portable, through to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch. Best known for producing high quality sports titles, Big Ant Studios have developed the highest selling AFL, Rugby League, Lacrosse and Cricket games of all time.