Rugby 2005

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Welcome to the Rugby 2005 section. This is where you will find all the information about HB Studios new game, EA Sports Rugby 2005.

So far, very little is known about the game, although recently the first preview was released. This site will follow the road leading up to the release of Rugby 2005, and then hopefully contain downloads.

EA Sports Press Release

1.05.05 – It’s official. The newest ongoing franchise in the EA SPORTS lineup, EA SPORTS™ Rugby 2005, is under development, heralding the sport’s emergence as a global phenomenon. The game, which features a host of gameplay and graphical upgrades to deliver a truly authentic rugby experience, is scheduled for release in spring 2005.

“EA SPORTS is committed to making the most complete and authentic rugby game possible,” said Andrew Wilson, producer of the game. “By leveraging our sports technology and experience to create EA SPORTS Rugby 2005, we feel we can grow a successful interactive franchise for one of the fastest growing sports in the world.”

EA SPORTS Rugby 2005 boasts all the major Rugby teams, players, and tournaments, including the Tri-Nations, Super 12 and many more authentic and prestigious events from the world of Rugby. The game incorporates a completely upgraded graphical engine with individually differentiated players, realistic motion-captured player animations, dramatic lighting and cameras, and stadiums that are accurate with details such as crowd reactions, songs, and chants. The game also includes realistic on-the-fly play-calling, right analog stick controls for fakes and crushing hits, improved kicking control, and a ‘Rugby 101’ training mode outlining the rules, controls, and tactics of the sport through videos and interactive challenges. Here's a breakdown of the key features for 2005:

EA SPORTS Rugby 2005 is being produced by EA Canada, the makers of such hits as FIFA Soccer and NBA LIVEmade, and will be available for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® videogame system from Microsoft, and the PC.