Cricket 24, dubbed “the most licensed cricket game ever made,” is now available on PlayStation and Xbox consoles – current and old – as well as PC via Steam. Developer Big Ant Studios had also promised a Nintendo Switch port, although it won’t be available until late November. It’s not a stretch to assume that developer Big Ant Studios has rushed to release the game just in time for the real ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, which also begins today. As a result, we have an uneven launch, with Sony PlayStation trying to capitalize on India’s love of sports by unveiling a Cricket 24-themed PS5 bundle.
“We have spent years traveling the world recruiting nations, from the largest to the smallest,” Rory Simmons, CEO of Big Ant Studios, said in a development diary. “It’s got a full schedule, so one minute you’re playing in the Caribbean, then you’re playing T20 in India, and then you’re up for the big party – for the hundred, maybe in the Ashes.” His choice of words in describing the Indian tournament is worth noting here, as it appears the team never received a license from the annual Indian Premier League (IPL), although the likenesses of the players and jerseys of Teams like Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians are everywhere. The Ashes, the long-running rivalry between England and Australia, is another major draw of Cricket 24, promising in-depth cutscenes, press conferences and training sessions, all of which immerse you in the tour.
In addition to major tournaments like the KFC BBL and Weber WBBL, the license also extends to 50 official stadiums and sports facilities featuring familiar branding. And of course, there’s Career Mode, which lets you trace the journey of a young club cricketer, as they hone their skills to become the next big sensation on the international stage. It’s unclear exactly how deep this mode will be, but Big Ant Studios says players will have to grow their fanbase and will have more freedom in how they want to balance test matches and big leagues.
As part of the launch, PlayStation also revealed a Cricket 24 PS5 bundle, costing Rs. 9,999. 47,990 – Rs. 7,000 cheaper than the retail price of the console in the country. This introductory offer will go live from October 8 and will be available for purchase from leading online retailers like Amazon, Croma, Flipkart, GamesTheShop, Reliance Digital, ShopatSC and Vijay Sales. For now, however, the price is set at Rs. 9,999. 57,990, so it is recommended to wait for the discounted price. The package itself comes with the PS5 console equipped with 4K Bluray, along with a digital voucher code to download Cricket 24 (Indian Edition) and a DualSense controller. If you already own a PS5 or PS4 console, the game is available for digital purchase at Rs. 9,999. 4,399 on the PlayStation Store.
Cricket 24 is now available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X. A Nintendo Switch version is planned for the end of November.