Perhaps sensing that the baseball game market is wide open, Metalhead Software has announced that Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings is coming to Xbox One and Steam later this year and is an improved version of the original Super Mega Baseball, which launched on the PlayStation 4 back in December.
Bringing together a comical presentation and realistic gameplay, the original release of Super Mega Baseball was met with enthusiastic reviews back when it first launched. Scoring an impressive 85 on Metacritic, the title was praised for its pick-up and play controls, as well as the unique Ego system, which fine tunes the difficulty depending on the skill of the player.
For its journey onto new platforms, Extra Innings will feature several new stadiums, more accurate baseball simulation and tweaks to the core gameplay engine. Besides wanting to improve the game, Metalhead Software co-founder Scott Drader spoke on why the studio is porting the title.
Right now there are few options for quality, accessible sports titles on the market, particularly when it comes to baseball games on the Xbox One and PC. We’re really looking to put this genre back on the map for more casual fans, especially the younger generation of gamers who haven’t had access to the types of games that were common during their parents’ generation. Games that could introduce a sport to the uninitiated and turn them into fans for life.
As Drader points out, it is no secret that baseball games have had a rough go of it recently. Xbox and PC gamers have had to make due with the execrable R.B.I. Baseball franchise, while even PlayStation owners have had to deal with the creative stagnation of the MLB: The Show series. While it may lack the MLB license of those titles, the gameplay of Super Mega Baseball alone could be enough to help push the genre forward.
Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings is currently set to launch this summer on Xbox One and Steam.