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The release of the popular Cricket-based E-Sport Cricket 22 is getting closer. The gameplay is set to be better than ever in the new version. Notably, the game brands itself as the official game of The Ashes and while it was initially supposed to be released on November 25, it is now being learned that the new patch won't be available for users until December 2.

The game had made plenty of changes on their way to Career Mode in Cricket 22 and a whole new segment involving the "behind-the-scenes" element was added in it. However, the resignation of Tim Paine as the captain of the Australian Test team could have had a role to play in the postponement of the release date.

This is because it is being learnt, that Paine was on the cover of the new game and even had a significant role in the game. However, the sexting scandal which prompted Paine to take the call to step down has forced the game manufacturers to make last-minute changes that won't be possible before the previous release date.

None of this was, however, mentioned in the official release.

"Unfortunately, factors beyond our control have meant that we need to update the game's cover art, other visuals and team lists. There was a critical day 1 patch that players will need to enjoy the full Cricket 22 experience that has consequently needed to be revoked," the official statement from Big Ant Studios, the game makers, read.

"The new patch won't be ready for release until December 2. As a result, we have made the difficult decision to delay the game's release by a week for all platforms both physical and digital," the statement added.

"This is the first time Big Ant Studios have ever had to delay a game release, but we find ourselves in an unprecedented position," they added in their statement.

However, it was Big Ant Studios CEO Ross Symons who revealed the real reason in an interview. Nonetheless, the game will now be released on December 2.

Check out the official statement:

New Release Date: December 2

Licenses: Not just the Ashes, fans will be able to play Australia’s Big Bash T20 competition, The Hundred as well as the Caribbean Premier League among other competitions.

Commentary: Michael Atherton, Ian Healy, Mel Jones, Alison Mitchell, and David Gower comprise the new commentary team of the game.

Graphics: It is being advertised as the most visually realistic game of cricket ever seen.

Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch