AFL heading to 360, PC, PS3

Big Ant Studios' Web site confirms new sports game; online multiplayer promised.

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With the Xbox 360, Wii, and PlayStation 3 already a few years old, Australian Football fans have long been wondering when their favourite game would be making its current-gen debut. Well it seems the wait won't be too long, because a local studio has confirmed that an AFL game is indeed in the works and is scheduled for the 360, PS3, and PC platforms sometime in 2010.

Melbourne-based Big Ant Studios is working on the game. A section on its Web site is emblazoned with the AFL logo but offers very few details on what gamers can expect from the upcoming sports game. Apart from the aforementioned platforms and the tentative 2010 release date, the only other thing confirmed about the AFL game is that it will "take advantage of the online capabilities of Xbox Live, Windows Live, and PSN. Two players will be able to play cooperatively or competitively online. Four players will be able to play cooperatively or competitively on the same console." There has been no word yet on a local publisher.

The last few AFL games have been Sony exclusives, with AFL Premiership 2005, 2006, and 2007 appearing on the PlayStation 2. While no word has been revealed yet on who the publisher is for Big Ant's new games, it seems their appearance on the Xbox 360 means Sony no longer has the exclusive rights to the sport down under. Sony, however, still has a PSP AFL game--AFL Challenge--due for release in July this year.

Big Ant was most recently the team behind the PSP version of Hellboy: The Science of Evil, as well as Spryo: The Eternal Night for the PS2. GameSpot AU has contacted a Big Ant representative and will be reporting back soon with more details.

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paranoidpixie95

They should leave this game until the start of next year. Think about it - that way we get the Gold Coast team on there.

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il-capitani

Just found some screen shots and info about AFL 2010 from Big Ant at << LINK REMOVED >>. If Big Ant can deliver on what they have said I am officially VERY pumped!!

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tdillo67

aussies could never make a decent videogame on their own, hopefully they get help from ea sports or something

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Goody900

Spot on Mglas72! Aussie Rules Footy is the best of the lot. Would love to see it on Xbox Live Arcade.

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Smoolander

Out of bounds....on the full

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Rover83

@mglas72: Absolutely right. Although EAs 98 and 99 titles were not too bad for playability. I quite liked them. TV screen perspective is the key. Over the shoulder will never cut it for AFL.

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mglas72

Still the best footy game to date is 'Aussie Rules Footy' on the Original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Actually, it's also the only playable one. Will absolutely demand a demo before even considering to purchase this latest attempt.

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aaronobst

Eagles FTW!!!! lol Nah I don't care about footy, but it would be nice to see a next gen AFL game

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san0007

Can't wait for this. I honestly don't mind if the gameplay is the same as AFL Live 2004. As long as it comes on xbox 360, I'm gonna buy it.

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tonyhawksP8

About time, I've been wondering when an AFL game would be announced on next-gen consoles.

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manusup

football (soccer) for you bogans is the best sport in the world but AFL is an ok game but this year made me hate it so much coz richmond cant do anything but loose

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gameking5000

Hopefully I'd be good at this as I was with the 2007 one

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kangaox

Pumped for this! Hopefully il be able to play more consistantly then my beloved Hawkas atm :) And for ppl that dont know AFl... its only the best bloody game on the planet!

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huntercal

I'm not holding my breath on this one, there has never been a good AFL game to grace our presence. The game needs to be given a decent budget with a decent engine to complement it. I will need to see to believe guys.

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neo_nerd

SONS OF THE WEST, RED WHITE AND BLUE ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP WATCH OUT FOR LAKE AND ACKA

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DarkDamo

ohjtbehaaave: AFL is Australian Football League

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ohjtbehaaave

Wait... isn't the AFL out of business?

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TheRandom6

This game will be nothing without the help of 2K Sports or EA on board. Please don't make a crappy game that our North American cousins will rub in our faces till we die.

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Generic_Dude

Whew... I thought they meant the American Federation of Labor... though, to be honest, this isn't much better.

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OriginalPiMan

@mammjoe >great. im from aus, already have fifa. a cricket game coming out >this july and now afl. just need union and league and ill be happy. I can tell you that, like AFL, Big Ant also owns the rights to NRL for the next ten years. They are contracted to make five games of each code over the next ten years, so their plan is to alternate, so expect an NRL game in 2011. I understand that my info is completely impossible to verify since my source of the info was talking to one of the developers there in person, but don't be surprised when it gets confirmed sometime over the next year.

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Blood_Reino

"back....and forth......back....and forth" isnt that hawthorns tatics when infront in the last quater??

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walkingdream

SEE THE BOMBERS FLY UP UP! TO WIN THE PREMISHHIPPP FLAGGG WATCH OUT DAVID HILLE IS GOING TO GET YOOUU!

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KorruptRaiden

YES! WEST COAST EAGLES DOMINATION ON XBOX LIVE!!!!

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mammojo

great. im from aus, already have fifa. a cricket game coming out this july and now afl. just need union and league and ill be happy. i also hope its like a fifa gameplay where you control passing better and its more of team play game rather then the previous afl's where you can run the whole field with the one guy.

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DAVO058

Awesome, should actually get some faces on them players now unlike some of the original xbox versions..... wow a rugby game, that'd be great, back....and forth......back....and forth

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Wuflungdung

Now we just need rugby union and league games now and I will be very happy.

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gameking5000

When it releases that is

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gameking5000

It would be ideal if it worked with Project Natal

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Wes_Janson

WHOO NEW AFL!

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jasopan

Awesome, AFL! Just hope it play's well...give me PES/FIFA type controls and gameplay

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spacemariens22

meh... but at least u guys will have an afl game come on nrl pull ya finger out and give us a good nrl game for a change!!!

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rifkib

SCORE, AFL LOVE THIS GAME!

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mhsdrake

I dont really care if its crap I will still buy it because I love AFL.

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ADiscoMassacre

I don't have high hopes, but one can only hope...

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shani_boy101

i don't think it'll be that great (i don't really play sports games), considering they made a movie spinoff and a RECENT Spyro game (all Crash and Spyro games AFTER Naughty Dog and Insomniac Games suck).