Australia's Big Ant Studios is switching codes for its next release: a tennis game for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Tennis Australia and the Don Bradman Cricket and Rugby League Live studio are collaborating on AO Tennis, the first officially licensed game for the Australian Open.
AO Tennis features photogrammetry capture of dozens of tennis stars, and also uses and a decade of real-world statistical data to deepen the AI of each athlete.
This data shows which shots the athletes opted to use in any situation through a match, and Big Ant has apparently used that data to enhance the AI of the athletes.
“With previous tennis games, the world number one would be challenging to beat, because his or her in-game attributes would be set to merely make fewer errors," said Big Ant CEO Ross Symons.
"That worked well at the time, but we’ve taken things to the next level. In AO Tennis Rafael Nadal is the hardest player to beat because in game he plays like his real-life counterpart; he plays a game style befitting the number one player in the world."
AO Tennis also allows players to create their own athletes, sponsorship logos, clothing and stadiums to play in.
An in-depth career mode will allow players to start out ranked 1500th in the world and work their way up to the glory of world number one. All major tennis surfaces – hard court, clay, and grass – are fully accounted for, and each affect how the game plays.
"Every day we are constantly looking for ways to enable our fans to engage more deeply and more often in the Australian Open, and having the opportunity to play AO Tennis fully immerses them in this incredible event,” said Tennis Australia CEO and Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley.
"We wanted to ensure this is the most authentic tennis video game ever created, so that our fans can not only have a great AO experience, but a great tennis video game experience. On top of all of that, they get a tennis experience from the couch which we hope leads them on to the court."
AO Tennis launches in time for the Australian Open, on January 16, 2018.