Cricket game series World Cricket Championship has hit 155 million downloads according to a prepared statement from developer Nextwave. The series consists of WCC Lite, WCC 2, WCC Rivals and WCC3 had 140 million downloads in January and added another 15 million since then. Now the company has its sights on vernacular gaming markets with the addition of Tamil commentary to the latest entry in the series, World Cricket Championship 3 courtesy former Team India player and IPL commentator Abhinav Mukund.
The game already features Matthew Hayden and Aakash Chopra for English and Hindi commentary respectively.
“With the introduction of professional commentators into the game, the aim is to bring users as close as possible to the actual game of cricket,” says Nextwave CEO and founder P.R. Rajendran. “With the recent suspension of live sports, we would be glad for WCC to bring respite to the cricket fans confined in their homes.”
“[C]ommentary in Tamil will only add to the game’s list of growing features, ushering a much more realistic experience, while giving the regional audience a chance to connect more,” says Abhinav Mukund.
Players would be able to manually switch to the Tamil version of the commentary in the game’s settings.
Rajendran had, in a previous conversation, said that the team had ambitions to bring its games to PC and that the work its currently doing on the mobile version could help Nextwave make that transition.
“Whatever we are doing now in mobile, it can lend itself very easily on PC,” he said at the time. “We just need to take the call. Right now there is a lot of production. In fact the build we’re working on right adds a lot of content into the game. As long as we progress the product, we’re progressing everywhere.”
He pointed to the number of animations and cut-scenes World Cricket Championship 3 has right now and claimed that the studio has the competition beat, even if they’re on other platforms.
“The idea is to deliver close to console and PC quality in our upcoming builds for May and June,” he said. “By June we will have a very high quality game. Our game has the most animation or cut-scenes than any PC or console game out there…we’ve counted the animations and we’re way ahead of them. You could see a lot of realism in the builds that are coming forth.
And there’s so much of production that’s already ready and has not got into the game. Till June we will be busy enabling these in the game. We already have more visuals than any other game out there be it PC or console. Lot of this that we’re doing makes us closer to our dream of building the PC and console version.”
It will be interesting to see how this pans out and what shape it takes. The last made-in-India cricket game on PC ICC Pro Cricket 2015 from Disney India just before it shuttered operations a mere six months later.