AO Tennis 2 announces new story mode in trailer
Bigben and Giant Ant Studios have announced details about a new title that will have thousands of sports fans jumping for joy. If you’re a tennis fan, we’ve got especially good news for you as that duo has revealed more details about their upcoming game, AO Tennis 2. Sports titles of the more niche variety, outside big AAA releases and billion dollar franchises like 2K, have always been kind of hit-or-miss for many fans. Despite being faithful recreations of different sports like bowling and tennis, the video game adaptations have often not captured the wide playerbase to make them really shine in comparison to the competition.
Although with this new title Giant Ant Studios has taken a page out of the big names book and will be offering quite a few new and improved features to fill the stands. Much like more recent mainline sports titles, AO Tennis 2 will have a complete story mode. Players will develop a character from the bottom of the amateur totem pole, all the way into the top of their game. Along the way, you’re likely to play some of the best and most prestigious courts in the world, and possibly play against some very big stars. The story mode will also include elements like random events, and take off-court decisions into account, as the developer puts it, “success for a young talented player depends as much on external events as great play on the court.”
But even if that’s not your thing, the new entry offers some other fun as well.
One of the big selling points for the first game was the suite of content creation tools that allowed thousands of fans to create a ton of custom content for the title. According to AO Tennis had more than “20,000 players and hundreds of courts that can be enjoyed by fans of the sport.” And in an excellent bit of fan service, the developer has revealed that “all content created and shared by users since the first game from 2018 will be available in AO Tennis 2.”
Another positive for fans of the sport itself is that various huge A+ starts are appearing in the game as playable athletes. This includes athletes like Rafael Nadal, Ash Barty, and Angélique Kerber. The series will also be putting a tighter focus on immersive and realistic play, Mario Tennis this ain’t.
AO Tennis 2 is planned for release on January 9, 2020. It will launch on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
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