If you’ve every played a match in Grand Slam Tennis, but thought your experience would be better served (pun intended) with the precise controls of a controller rather than the waggle of the Wii-mote, EA Sports has just the thing for you. Announced today is the next iteration of Grand Slam Tennis — appropriately titled Grand Slam Tennis 2 — that will be headed to both the Xbox 360 and PS3 for HD court-smashing action.
Receiving generally favorable reviews, the first Grand Slam Tennis was EA Sports’ response to gamers clamoring for a more simulation version of the type of tennis that helped sell a ton of Wiis in Wii Sports. There were plans to bring that iteration to the PS3 and the Xbox 360, but they never panned out.
This time, though, EA Sports isn’t going to let that opportunity slip through their fingers, and plans to make Grand Slam 2 the closest thing to a multi-platform title as they can. What this means for the future of the Grand Slam Tennis property, whether the publisher is transitioning the title into a yearly release, is unclear, but that seems very likely.
Grand Slam Tennis 2 also boasts the type of deep features that gamers have come to expect from other EA titles like Madden or FIFA — things like career mode and realistic AI — but, being a tennis game, it still can lend itself well to motion control.
As such, EA Sports have included PlayStation Move support in Grand Slam Tennis 2 for all those gamers who want a combination of the “get up and do it” attitude of a Wii title with the simulation and HD graphics of a PS3 sports game.
We’re still a ways away from Grand Slam Tennis 2’s release, but any tennis fans that have become bored by the continued domination of titles like Top Spin have something new to look forward to. Expect more footage of the game to be released, including an in-depth look at the game’s roster of current Pros and past Legends, in the months to come.
What do you think of Grand Slam Tennis making the move to PS3 and Xbox 360? Do you think tennis holds a place in the pantheon of popular video game sports?
Grand Slam Tennis 2 is slated for a 2012 release on the PS3 and Xbox 360.