Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
Legendary All Blacks wing, Jonah Lomu recently went through a motion-capture session for the upcoming Rugby Challenge video game.
Rugby Challenge, set for release before the World Cup, is being developed by New Zealand based Sidhe Interactive for distribution by HES.
“HES is pulling out all the stops to make Rugby Challenge an exciting and memorable experience” said David Robles, Business Development Manager for HES. “Jonah is one of rugby’s greats, and will bring an extra something special to the game”.
In addition to including his name, likeness, and motion in the game, Lomu will also bring his experience and expertise into the development process by working directly with Sidhe, the Wellington based studio behind the game.
“I’m a big fan of videogames and being involved in making Rugby Challenge is a great experience,” said Jonah Lomu.
Rugby Challenge will include the All Blacks, ITM Cup, and Investec Super Rugby amongst other licensed teams and competitions, and will feature multiplayer online play, a multi-year franchise mode, extensive customisation options, and dynamic real-time commentary.
Further details on Rugby Challenge are expected in the coming months. Scheduled for a September 2011 release, Rugby Challenge is being developed for PC and next generation consoles.
While actualy shots of the game aren’t expected before April, Sidhe has released a handful of shots of Lomu donning the motion-capture gear for the game. The retired rugby legend still paints an imposing figure… even with black and yellow trimmed tights with cameras and other tech stuff sticking to him.