Cricket 22 Release Date: The urn will have to wait a little longer

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The release of Cricket 22 is not far off now, and we have all the details about when you can take your guard right here.

You will be able to mark your run-up well in advance on this year's hotly-anticipated Ashes series which begins in early December.

Find out when you can get the game, how to pre-order, and much more below.

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Release date DELAYED

Cricket 22 was set to be released on Thursday, 25 November.

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However, unforeseen circumstances have seen the release date of Cricket 22 delayed by one week to Thursday, 2 December.

A new cover star will be selected as Big Ant has stated that they "need to update the game's cover art" among other things, including a critical Day 1 patch.

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Pre-orders open

The countdown to release of Cricket 22 is hotting up, with pre-order now available for the official game of the Ashes now available on the PS and Microsoft Stores.

The Cricket 22 Pre-Order Bundle costs £49.99 / AU$99.95 and includes:

  • Cricket 22 Nets Training at the MCG
  • Batting and Bowling mini-games
  • Online leaderboard
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Pre-orders on Steam, PlayStation, and Xbox have had access to Cricket 22 'The Nets Challenge' from mid-October 2021.

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NEXT GEN - This will be the first cricket game on next gen consoles

This offers fans "early access to part of the Cricket 22 gameplay experience, including nets and training games, ensuring that by the day of release they’ll be ready to take on the best in the world."

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Fans that buy the game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be able to upgrade for free when they purchase the new generation of hardware.

Good news for Switch fans too, as Cricket 22 for Nintendo Switch will be available in January 2022.

Platforms

While the teaser trailer on Big Ant Studios' social media gave little away, we did see the platforms that the game should be available on.

Both next-gen consoles are included, so we could see the best graphics ever from a cricket game this year.

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ROOT 66 - Joe Root will be a key man for England this winter

Nintendo Switch has also been included which could make for some all-action fun at home and on the go.

Full list of platforms:

  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Series X|S
  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 5
  • Nintendo Switch
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What's new?

Ahead of Cricket 22, plenty of new licenses have been secured to make the game look and feel better than ever.

Aside from the Ashes themselves, you can expect all of the following leagues to feature in Cricket 22:

  • Caribbean Premier League
  • The Hundred
  • Sheffield Shield
  • Big Bash
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As well as England and Australia; the West Indies, New Zealand, and Ireland will all be fully licensed.

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CAULDRON - The Gabba, Adelaide Oval, MCG, SCG and Optus Stadium are the five Ashes venues

As for your playing arenas, expect all of Australia and England's major cricketing arenas to feature - including the MCG, The Gabba, Optus Stadium, The SCG, Lord's, Old Trafford, Headingley, The Oval, and more.

A new commentary team has also arrived this year - with Michael Atherton, David Gower, Alison Mitchell, and Ian Healy joining Mel Jones. With Mitchell arriving, it will be the first time a sports game has offered an all-female commentary team.