Cricket 22: Brand new features announced for Ashes game

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Cricket 22 arrives later this month and is set to be the best cricket game we have ever seen!

We've got you covered for everything you need to know about this year's game.

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Latest - Head to head

As the Ashes approaches, Big Ant is whetting our appetite and comparing some of the key players ahead of the event.

Vastly experienced Aussie all-rounder Ellyse Perry is bound to play a major role, although England's spin star Sophie Ecclestone will be difficult to keep quiet.

Release date

With the Ashes commencing on 8 December, you can get playing two weeks before the biggest test series of them all - with Cricket 22 released on Thursday, 25 November.

Early Access is mentioned, with the Nets challenge likely to whet the appetite ahead of full release.

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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

Teaser

Take a look at the short teaser released by Big Ant Studios on Thursday, 30 September.

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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:

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  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Series X|S
  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 5
  • Nintendo Switch

Next Gen enhancements

The official game page on the Microsoft Store reads:

The best-looking cricket ever; Cricket 22 takes full advantage of the capabilities of the latest generation of hardware.

Not only does the game load with blinding speed, getting you into the action more quickly than ever before, it also includes a full suite of visual updates, including incredible real-time ray tracing elements, providing the most visually realistic game of cricket ever seen.

Brand new features announced

Big Ant Studios has finally announced some brand new features coming to this year's game, with immersion the defining word for Cricket 22.

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Click here for a full breakdown of everything new coming to Cricket 22.

Licences

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

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
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As for stadia, 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 arrives 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.

Improved Career Mode

We didn't expect this - but more is coming to Big Ant's Career Mode this year.

"A deep, narrative-driven career mode; you are in control on and off the field. You manage your training and press conferences, deal with injuries, and decide your path towards international glory!"

This will avoid the journey to the Test Match arena becoming tedious and you can feel the emotions of building a successful cricketing career.