Ashes 2013

505 Games’ Cricket 2013 will arrive in PAL territories on June 21, coinciding with the 2013 Investec Ashes Series, and will be released on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii U and PC.

505 Games has released a press release detailing what cricket fans can look for, in a game they say, “offers unique and realistic features for cricket fans and gamers alike.” The game includes a brand new game engine and a number of enhancements  including 360 degree batting control.

“We are delighted to be able to announce some of the key features for ASHES CRICKET 2013,” commented Ralph Pitt-Stanley, General Manager for UK & Export at 505 Games.

“This game has been created with real cricket fans and players in mind. The new engine allows players to mimic a cricketers most important attribute, his technique.”

From the press release:

Ashes Cricket 2013 includes a brand new game engine creating a truly authentic gaming experience. Batsmen have 360 degree control over shot placement, requiring impeccable placement and timing to build an innings. A new line and length bowling system gives bowlers the tools to set plans for batsmen throughout a day’s play and players have complete freedom to set a field of their choice. For those who prefer to be led however, there are options for intelligent automatic field placement.

Connoisseurs of the game will be able to play the complete 2013 Investec Ashes Series, with official England and Australia teams, however those more interested in the short form of the game can take on the rest of the world in limited overs tournaments and leagues.

Whether playing on X360, PS3, Wii U or PC, dynamic game play adds variety to each match. Players will have to adapt to varying and altering pitches; whether it’s a green seaming wicket or deteriorating fifth day pitch susceptible to spin and bounce. Weather forecasts will also change, altering the course of the match; overcast conditions will be more conducive to swing, while sunny days are a batsman’s paradise.

See the official website community forums for more exclusive news in the run-up to the release, or via Facebook at /ashescricket2013 and twitter @ashescricket13.