Lacrosse fans are getting their first National Lacrosse League video game in nine years.
Developed by Crosse Studio, NLL Lacrosse 2010, presented by Reebok Lacrosse, will be available April 30 for download on the Xbox 360 Indie Game Channel at a price of $5 US.
The cover art consists of a virtual who’s who of the NLL, including Dan Dawson, Mark Steenhuis, Zack Greer, Matt Alrich and the Edmonton Rush’s own Brodie Merrill.
“It’s a huge honour,” said Merrill, who doesn’t consider himself a video-gamer. “I’m not. I think the last game I played was NHL ’94. That was my favourite game and I haven’t really played since.”
In fact, the league probably couldn’t have picked anyone with more skill at lacrosse and less ability at video-gaming than Merrill.
“You can see a lot of the youth definitely into video games,” he said. “It’s definitely a sign that the game’s growing and getting more exposure and becoming a little bit more mainstream, so it’s exciting.”
The game will feature complete rosters of all 250 players on the 11 NLL teams.
“We’re the home for the world’s greatest lacrosse players and we’re going to be able to feature them in this game,” said NLL commissioner George Daniel. “This will be the first video game since the Blast Lacrosse game that we did (nine) years ago that will actually have the images and names of the players as well as the actual teams.”
Crosse Studio CEO Carlo Sunseri also developed College Lacrosse 2010, which was released last fall and has gone on to sell 500,000 units.
“It’s been very successful on a similar structure on Xbox,” said Daniel. “Obviously we want to have a game eventually on all platforms, but this is a first step that we want to take with Carlo and we will grow this business together of video-game lacrosse.”