Grand Slam Tennis is finally making its way to platforms outside of the Wii’s grasp, but in the form of a brand new sequel.
The original Grand Slam Tennis was originally released for the Wii in 2009 with plans of porting it to the Xbox 360 and PS3, but plans were put on hold “indefinitely.” It seems we now know the reason why, since EA just announced Grand Slam Tennis 2 will be releasing for the Wii, Xbox 360, and PS3 sometime next year. The game will support the PlayStation Move controller, and will feature the four major Grand Slam Tennis Tournaments, and is the only tennis game franchise on the market to include Wimbledon as a tournament setting. The other three tournaments include the US Open, French Open, and Australian Open.
Besides full support for motion controls, the game also boasts an all new control scheme called “Total Racquet Control” which utilizes the right analog stick to give greater control over each swing. The system supposedly will make it easy to control power, accuracy, and precision. If you don’t like either of those methods, a third old school control scheme will also be available letting you use the buttons to choose your shots.
Over 20 of the most famous tennis pros in history will also be in the game, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Bjorn Borg, Maria Sharapova, Serena and Venus Williams, and John McEnroe. Each of these characters will utilize “Professional, Realistic, Organic (P.R.O.) AI,” capturing their behavior, playing styles, and reactions to various aspects of the game. The AI will use realistic tactics and strategies, as well as adapt to your playing style to keep every round as fresh and exciting as the last. Grand Slam Tennis 2 promises more features as well, such as a classic mode, career mode, and deep online mode for when it releases sometime in 2012.