Typically, sports activities video video games want to alter their covers simply earlier than they’re launched. It’s occurred with FIFA and PES, it’s occurred with Madden, it’s occurred to NBA 2K. It’s now additionally taking place with Cricket 22, however for barely extra scandalous causes.
When Kyrie Irving, Neymar, LeBron, Ronaldo and Brett Favre all needed to get their respective covers swapped, it was as a result of they’d modified groups between the quilt first being proven off and the sport truly being launched. Which is a headache for these manufacturing and advertising and marketing the video games, however not often the most important deal.
With Cricket 22, although, builders Massive Ant had chosen as certainly one of two cowl stars Tim Paine, the Australian captain, considering this may be a well-liked and protected selection. Which it was, proper up till the second final week the place it emerged he had despatched “lewd messages” and an unsolicited dick pic to a feminine former colleague.
This befell in 2018, and whereas on the time he was cleared after non-public investigations by native cricket authorities decided the change was “consensual”, the investigation solely befell in any respect as a result of the girl receiving the messages had lodged an official criticism, resulting in native debate over simply how consensual they have been.
The scandal turned public late final week, and in consequence Paine has stepped down from his position as captain, which in cricket is a way more vital and highly effective determine than most different sports activities. He’ll, nonetheless, proceed to play for Australia within the upcoming Ashes sequence towards England.
OK, phew, now that I’ve defined all of that for the worldwide viewers who most likely had no thought what was happening, it has been determined that Paine will even be eliminated as the quilt star of the native Cricket sport, with builders Massive Ant releasing this assertion:
Hi there cricket followers!
We all know you’re excited to get your arms on Cricket 22 – The Official Sport Of The Ashes.
We’re each bit as eager to get the sport to you, because the crew has been working extremely onerous to make what we imagine is our biggest title but.
Sadly, components past our management have meant that we have to replace the sport’s cowl artwork, different visuals and crew lists. There was a vital day 1 patch that gamers might want to benefit from the full Cricket 22 expertise that has consequently wanted to be revoked. The brand new patch gained’t be prepared for launch till December 2.
Because of this, we have now made the tough determination to delay the sport’s launch by every week for all platforms each bodily and digital. That is the primary time Massive Ant Studios have ever needed to delay a sport launch, however we discover ourselves in an unprecedented place. Everybody at Massive Ant Studios wish to thank our followers and supporters for understanding our want to do that, making certain the sport is as full and genuine a cricket expertise as is feasible.
We’ll replace you with additional particulars quickly. Within the meantime, circle December 2 on the calendar!
We will’t wait to see you on the market on the sector.
Ross Symons, CEO, and the Massive Ant crew
Paine has already been changed on the quilt by quick bowler Pat Cummins, a substitute performed so shortly that digital copies of the sport will now be assembly their December 2 launch date, with solely bodily copies being delayed.