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Tennis fans may find this interesting. We all know about the return of Top Spin with Top Spin 2K25 which recently launched. We’ve found it to be a good example of tennis on console and I bought the standard edition and found it a fun and rewarding experience. Now console players have another tennis game to challenge it. Now let’s introduce you to Tennis Elbow 4 which has taken nearly a decade to follow its predecessor.

Tennis Elbow 4 follows on from the 2013 edition and console players will see it this May. However, PC players have been able to play the game for a while since it launched in the Summer of 2021. Steam reviews give the game a very positive rating so things are positive for the upcoming console release. This is due to the game being in early access. The developers back in 2021 posted an early roadmap and as it seems to be following the schedule we have a rough idea of the full version 1.0 release schedule.

Version 1.0 Release dates

These dates are the target, but I’m not sure if they are doable or not.  

:fear:

– Windows / MacOS / Linux : June 2024
– XBox : May 2024 (done => https://www.xbox.com/en-us/games/store/ … fwhqkgc6p0 !)
– Playstation : October 2024

Note January 2023 : this might be actually more like a v0.95 release, as I hope to redo the movement animations after the console releases.

How Tennis Elbow 4 looks in early access

What We Know About Tennis Elbow 4

Pure Xbox confirmed the Xbox release date of 8th May so at time of writing we are a couple of days away from release. We also see it’s the brainchild of one solo developer and we see a early view of gameplay. The only thing I noticed was the animation at times was rough but it seems this appears to be on the cards to be updated. If we look at Steam we can see more about the game.

Tennis Elbow 4 is the successor of Tennis Elbow 2013, acclaimed by many Steam reviewers as the most realistic tennis simulation ever.

TE4 pushes even deeper the realism of the tennis rallies by providing completely rehauled ball, strike & player physics.

Created by and for tennis fans, Tennis Elbow 4 is a tennis simulation with an easy and intuitive learning curve, but with exceptional gameplay depth.

In this tennis game, you’ll have to show all your tactical skills, use an iron mind and quick reflexes, as well as a sharp eye to guess the ball trajectories, all of this to choose your next strike wisely.

To beat your opponent, you have the choice between all the possible strikes on a real court, from the safe strike to the acceleration, including the drop shot and the topspin lob.

Because of its numerous difficulty levels, this tennis simulation is designed for all tennis lovers, whether gamepad mashers or keyboard novices. In addition, a visual help system will assist you in aiming the ball and positioning your player. You can turn these options on and off whenever it suits you.

TE4 features one of the most complete World Tour ever made in a tennis video game. With over 3500 players evolving over several decades competing in more than 400 tournaments each year, from the low-rank Junior tournament qualifications to the top-level Pro event finals, both in singles and doubles competition, you’ll feel like diving into a real professional tennis player career.

The tennis Elbow game engine is very open to modifications and a few mods are already available on Mana Games’ forums.

The game features the following:

  • 9 different court surfaces : clay, green clay, grass, hard, blue-green hard, classic synthetic, NewLine synthetic, indoor hard and indoor synthetic; each with a specific rebound
  • 21 Stadiums around the world
  • 400+ tournaments, with 3500+ players evolving over 70 years, from 1973 for men & 1983 for women, to 2042
  • Commentaries by Tennis TV commentator Darren Kilfara
  • The Country Cup
  • Singles & doubles competitions
  • Junior & Pro Tours
  • 6 difficulty levels, each split into 10 sublevels
  • Full ranking system
  • 3D male & female players, fully customizable
  • Singles, 3, and doubles games
  • Split screen
  • Network: LAN and online games
  • 1 to 6 games per set, in best of 1, 3 or 5 sets
  • 7 camera modes
  • Moving sun and Night session
  • The game is very Modding-friendly

At present they say we can play “doubles with 4 human players on 1 computer, or on 2 computers with 2 players per computer by LAN or Internet, but not on 4 computers”. Naturally, we may see this change slightly with full release and consoles.

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