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.

[via gametrailers.com]