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No, Sports Champions 2 Will Not Have Online Multiplayer

Posted by Sammy Barker


If you were hoping to hit the PlayStation Move powered links of Sports Champions 2 with your digital buddies online, then it’s probably time to start making some long overdue get-together arrangements. Developer Zindagi Games has confirmed that online multiplayer is off the cards, with development focusing on local party play instead.

It’s a bit of a shame, but the lack of multiplayer appears to be a technical limitation. Lag is problematic in controller-based sports games, so the accuracy of the Move controller must create a brand new set of problems.

Together in the living room, then, is where you should expect to play with (or against) your friends. Zindagi Games has promised some bold improvements for party play, including the removal of calibration screens.

No longer will you need to follow an awkward dance routine in order to play the game, as it will work with minimal set-up. The criticisms surrounding the original Sports Champions’ elaborate preparation were a little overplayed, but this is still a welcome touch.

If you’re looking to play alone, Sports Champions 2 will feature the same ladder system as its predecessor. Here you’ll play through Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum tournaments of each sport, punctuated by the odd arcade mini-game.

We’re big fans of the original Sports Champions so we have high hopes for the sequel. It’s set to arrive on PlayStation 3 later this year.


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User Comments (5)



get2sammyb said:

If they released the table-tennis mode on PSN with online play, I'm pretty sure I would never play another game again.



rjejr said:

Sammy, you're a big tennis guy, hasn't there been online tennis? I know the Wii has a few that rely on motion. Lag sounds like a lame excuse to me in 2012. How much lag is there in turn based archery, bowling, and golf?
On the other hand, I'm still annoyed Wii Sports Resort didn't have online. At least leaderboards. Will probably pick this up eventually anyway. All the Move games wind up being $10 at Gamestop or Target clearance at some point.



get2sammyb said:

@rjejr There has been online tennis, but not with the fidelity that the Sports Champions games have. Both Top Spin 4 and Grand Slam Tennis 2 allow you to play online with Move, but neither game has 1:1 control precision.

GS2 is probably the pick of the bunch, but I'm just not sure the control system Zindagi opts for would work. It relies on pin-perfect precision, and if you didn't have a flawless connection, you'd lose that. I think, anyway.




I think you're right there. I would be great to have Sports Champions online, but it could just be a little too difficult to get good results.

Some of It could work, an Archery competition for example . . .

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