AFL Video Game Evolution: Cover Star Fight Between Carlton, Collingwood, Patrick Cripps, Adam Treloar

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CARLTON’s historic aversion to Collingwood has reached a new level with an online campaign to prevent a magpie from being put on the cover of the new AFL Evolution game.

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Collingwood’s hostility against Carlton now extends to a video game that hasn’t even been released yet.

AFL is asking fans for help in selecting the player to adorn the cover of AFL Evolution, which will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via the popular distribution platform Steam) in the first half of 2017.

Players from all 18 games took part in photo shoots to develop their in-game avatars, with marketing images featuring superstars Lance Franklin and Cyril Rioli.

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But the face of the game will be younger, reflecting the audience. Marcus Bontempelli, Isaac Heeney and Nakia Cockatoo are among the players in a league poll to choose the cover star.

With nearly 100,000 votes cast so far, Bontempelli is the first leader of Magpie Adam Treloar and Carlton midfielder Patrick Cripps, who are locked in a close battle for second place. Saint Tim Membery is a fourth surprise.

The clubs were clearly given the marketing brief to push the game to their fans by calling for votes and the Blues took the more creative approach, with Cripps himself calling on supporters from 17 teams to make sure Treloar didn’t not win.

“It’s not usually my style, but I feel like I have a public duty,” Cripps says in a video Carlton posted on his social media accounts. “There’s no way a Collingwood player is on the cover of anything, let alone AFL Evolution.

“I ask all Carlton fans and AFL fans to make sure Adam Treloar of Collingwood Football Club does not cover AFL Evolution. You know it’s the right thing to do.

Treloar replied on Twitter: “Who wants Carlton before Collingwood?” Please, please vote for me.


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