Tennis Australia and Melbourne-based sports game developer Big Ant Studios have today confirmed their new tennis game: AO Tennis. AO Tennis will be the first tennis game officially licensed to the Australian Open.
Built in collaboration with Tennis Australia, Big Ant claims AO Tennis will be the first game of its kind to be developed using statistical match play data for each of the dozens of licensed players it will feature. According to the announcement, Big Ant has used data showing which shots the included players have historically opted to use in specific circumstances throughout their matches and has applied that data to their AI versions.
“With previous tennis games, the world #1 would be challenging to beat, because his or her in-game attributes would be set to merely make fewer errors,” explained Big Ant CEO Ross Symons in the announcement. “That worked well at the time, but we’ve taken things to the next level.”