Bigben Interactive and Big Ant Studios released a new behind-the-scenes developer documentary about the career mode for the upcoming sports title, AO Tennis 2, which will put gamers back into the realm of duking it out in the Australian Open for supremacy on the courts in the land down under.
The four minute video discusses what the ins and outs of the career mode will be like, and what new features they’ve brought to the mode for the newest outing.
The new career mode is narrative based. You create a character and attempt to make your way up the ranks by competing in tournaments and winning matches.
You’ll be able to choose how your character behaves both on the court and off the court, as well as how they engage with the press.
You can get a glimpse at the career mode snippets in the video below.
Much like the series of FIFA games that starred Alex Hunter, you’ll be able to land sponsorship deals, attempt to get invited to certain tournaments or events, and try to make your way into the upper echelon of the world of professional tennis.
As mentioned in the video, if you’re rude to your opponents, the officials, or snarky during press conferences, it may have a negative impact on your career, or it could make you famous.
There are apparently different endings for different decisions and behaviors you engage in throughout the career mode.
They also get into some of the nitty gritty of how budgets on small projects like this can start to balloon, especially when it comes to the cinematics, where they had to do additional mo-cap work, additional voice acting, and scenario building.
Hopefully the gameplay is as solid as the effort that the team is putting into the career mode. It doesn’t look like it’s going to be as high quality as EA’s efforts, but if it’s far more fun and does away with the microtransactions and sociopolitical agendas, then it could be well worth the purchase come January 9th, 2020.
You can look for AO Tennis 2 to launch on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch.