Rugby 18 will feature almost 2000 offshore players and a management mode

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RUGBY! Great game, usually terrible video game tie-in. I wish that was a joke, as Rugby fans have been starved of a decent simulation into the hard-hitting game for many a year now. Rugby 18 is hopefully going to change that this year, as a new developer in the form of Eko Software takes to the field this October. After Rugby 15 fumbled the pass in nearly every manner possible, Eko Software is looking to right that wrong with a game that introduces new systems and elements to the ruck.

What fans really want however? A chance to play as their hometown heroes. Licenses are what matters when it comes to Rugby 18 and while Eko Software couldn’t reveal too much to me about which licenses would be present in the game on launch, they did mention that there would be a lot of players officially present. Just mostly Northern hemisphere athletes from the sound of things as including Southern hemisphere players would probably result in Rugby 18 being horribly unbalanced. Probably.

“We’ve been working at this game for two and half years now, this is our first rugby game,” Eko Software told me at E3.

We have several game modes, like quick match where you select one of the team that we have in the game. For now we have announced that we have the Top 14 which is the French First League, the second French League and premiership which is the first English League. And we have much more to announce later, reaching a total of around 60 offshore teams.

So it’s about almost 2000 offshore players into the game, and we have real statistics on the performance of each player because now you can gather all this information into the game. So you can also play as the league of your choice and do a complete season. We have a career mode where you play one match after another. Between matches you have to manage your budget and you have to rent players, buy players and manage how they train between matches.


Eko Software couldn’t confirm which teams would make the cut, and I’m too much of an idiot to really understand the significance of that quote on account of my rugby knowledge being lighter than Cape Town’s reservoirs. Still! What Eko Software showed me looked promising enough, as the debut effort from this studio is aiming to create a rugby game that feels like an actual passion project instead of a quick ‘n easy tie-in without competition.

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  • Original Heretic

    But can I klap a guy in the ruck? Can I lift the scrumhalf up by his head and toss him over the poles? These are the questions I want answer to.

      • Original Heretic

        Gladiatorial arena. Yes, that would entertain me. I am, after all, an MMA fan.

        • Me to bro!

          • Hammersteyn

            MMA is two men spooning for three rounds, gimme boxing.

          • Original Heretic

            You need to watch more MMA then. Apparently you’ve only watched the grappling heavy matches.

          • Hammersteyn

            The ones I watched resembled two walruses trying to mate

          • Original Heretic

            Off the top of my head, I could give you a list as long as my arm of some great MMA fights that aren’t grappling heavy.
            You gotta bear in mind, this is sport that evolved from the age old question “which fighting style is the best?”. So even though most of the guys who step into the cage right now are fairly disciplined in every area, they will generally always have an are of expertise. So when you get two top notch strikers in there, DAMN, it can become a slug-fest.
            Similarly, if you get two guys from grappling backgrounds (predominantly wrestling or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), they end up on the ground. When I started watching, it was also an aspect of the fights that I didn’t find altogether interesting, until I learnt more about it.
            But if you want to see a GREAT grappling contest with a very satisfying finish, do yourself a HUGE favour and check out Frank Mir vs Antonio Nogueira 2. Go on, google it, watch it, it won’t take a huge chunk out of your day.

          • Hammersteyn

            I enjoyed pancrase more, one of my favourites was Bas Rutten. There was grappling as well but not as much as with MMA

          • Original Heretic

            El Guapo! Rutten is a legend. He was an awesome commentator in the Pride days.
            Grappling in Pancrase is limited to only being above the waist. It removes takedowns completely. So your traditional wrestlers are stifled.

          • You are as smart as Nik. That is all I have to say! HA! *runs

          • Hammersteyn

            But I loved the Logan movie 🙁

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Twelve rounds of two men both pretending they don’t want to hug each other?


          • Hammersteyn

            Boxing is a support group for men, they punch each other then hug it out when they tire.

          • Original Heretic

            Seen the most recent announcement? Connor vs Floyd is ON! 26 August!

          • Yeah. Sadly it’s a boring boxing match.

          • Original Heretic

            Only it could ever happen, though. No way would Floyd ever get in an MMA cage. History has proven that boxers just can’t compete there.
            If McG hits him once, Floyd is in trouble. But that could be the tricky part.

          • Yeah, I think that is what Floyd has been weighing up. Guy has a refined punch that can knock the spots of a leopard.

          • Original Heretic

            Despite being a boxing match, I do think it’s going to be interesting. Mayweather is considered one of the most elusive boxers ever.
            McG is considered one of the best strikers in MMA, able to strike from various angles.
            Though I do reckon that if (or more like WHEN) Mayweather tries to hug Connor, he might get an elbow in the face or a knee in the gut.

          • Yeah, I’ll be watching it!

          • Original Heretic

            Gotta admit, though, that when/if McG ever fights in the UFC again, I hope he gets his ass handed to him. Used to be a huge fan of his, but after he held up the FW division with his kak and now the LW division with this boxing kak, he’s just irritating me.

          • Hammersteyn

            Also, Colin has never boxed professionally while Floyd is undefeated in 49 matches.

          • Original Heretic

            Yup, that’s why Floyd is the 25-1 favourite.
            It’s one of those debates that can go round and round. It’ll only get settled on 26th August!

          • Hammersteyn
    • HvR

      Or p… them in their own 22

      • Original Heretic

        After drinking a tall Klipdrift. BAKLEIWYN!

  • Hammersteyn

    SA teams and players or bust

  • HvR

    So are we finally getting a naas rugby game

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