The return of RBI Baseball generated significant excitement in mid-January. Ever since then anticipation levels have plummeted as absolutely zero information or promotion followed. There’s still nothing known about the game but at least a release date has been set .
RBI Baseball 14 will release on Thursday, April 10 for the Xbox 360 and PS3 along with the mobile versions on iOS and Android. The Thursday date essentially also confirms this will be a digital download title which has been suspected from the start.
Major League Baseball Advanced Media only has experience in mobile games – in which generally little to no information is put out until after they release – and that could explain why with a month to go no one has any idea even what kind of game it will be.
What has not been announced are release dates for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The initial news stated the game was coming to “current and next generation consoles and smartphones and tablets”. It could mean a delay beyond the release of the other versions (just like MLB 14: The Show is on PS4) or even cancellation.
In terms of logistics getting an Online Franchise mode right would appear to be more difficult with baseball than the other sports that have attempted it thus far. The long seasons require compression – or some other form of realistic simulation – and that can dramatically alter the way rotations, fatigue, and injuries have to be handled.
SCEA today released some details on the structure of Online Franchise. Aspects such as league settings, scouting, live draft, and free agency are touched on in the developer blog. There are many more questions that remain unanswered on whether Online Franchise will turn out to be viable in The Show such as how rotations, injuries and fatigue are affected by having an “open” schedule (and whether the online performance and reliability is good enough to sustain interest over the long term) but this is good start at outlining the mode. Read more
While passing on next-gen versions of 2014 FIFA World Cup clearly deflated much of the enthusiasm towards the upcoming title, which every four years is an incredibly popular offering, there’s now just six weeks until release so the push of promotion is just beginning. EA Sports today released larger summaries of the six primary modes featured in the game.Â Read more
Last week the judge in the Ed O’Bannon class-action case vs the NCAA ordered the two sides to enter settlement talks. Naturally questions have started to come in about whether this could accelerate a return of college football (and other sports) video games.
There is no longer a video game element to the case – although Sam Keller has continued to argue that he was not a part of the earlier settlement that got Electronic Arts and Collegiate Licensing Company out of it. A conclusion to litigation that would provide an outline for players to be paid (whether from share of broadcasting rights, personal endorsements, and/or merchandising) could open the possibility of video games back up.Â Read more
The LineÂ DriveÂ is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Make sure to get entries in for the giveaway – winner gets game of choice!
â™¦The newÂ Press Row Hangout on games coverage can now be downloaded as an MP3.
â™¦Presumably instant replay will be in MLB 14Â but will the rule on plate collisions?
â™¦Operation Sports points out EA Sports has failed in updating rosters for NBA Live 14.
â™¦Special Press Row PodcastÂ features NBA Live 14 executive producer Sean O’Brien.
â™¦Check out the latest EA Sports UFC screenshots in the FB album.
â™¦New posting includes the club carry distances for The Golf Club.
â™¦New video tutorial goes over creating hills with new courses in The Golf Club.
â™¦Check out a gameplay video from the ongoing closed beta for The Golf Club.
â™¦Nascar Manager has release for iOS devices and Android devices.
â™¦The new Tony Hawk game will only be coming to mobile devices.
â™¦Twitch streaming is finally coming to Xbox One on March 11.
â™¦Video explainingÂ improvements to parties + other featuresÂ in Xbox One’s March update.
â™¦Check out the over/under on wins for each MLB team this season.
â™¦Check out the virtual tour of the new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.
â™¦The Xbox One Media Remote is now available for pre-order at Amazon.
â™¦The Xbox One Titanfall Bundle, which includes the game for free, is up at Amazon.
News and content that may have been missed from the last week around the site.
â™¦Blu-ray/DVD Releases This Week. Headlined by Hunger Games and 12 Years a Slave.
â™¦Theatrical Trailer for Godzilla. The reboot will release May 16.
â™¦Trailer for Brick Mansions. The last completed work from Paul Walker.
â™¦Heroes Returning For Limited Run. 13 episodes in 2015 with new characters.
The latest episode of the Press Row Hangout features special guest Pete Dodd who has started a fundraising campaign for his independently-driven gaming news site. The topic is the state of games coverage today and our personal beliefs and attempts to do things a different way that better serves consumers. This is a show worth checking out whether interested in the entire industry or primarily sports gaming.
The semi-regular site giveaways continue with an opportunity toÂ winÂ the choice of any upcoming video game for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, 360, PS3 or Vita!Â That could be MLB 14: The Show, EA Sports UFC, 2014 FIFA World Cup, or even Titanfall or Infamous: Second Son. This post has been lifted temporarily for those who may have missed it earlier.
There are several ways to qualify and each one counts for entries so the more you complete the more chances toÂ win. The giveaway is open now and will run through March 6 when theÂ winnerÂ will be randomly selected and contacted for delivery details. Good luck! Read more
Results from the latest poll have further cemented the findings of the previous one – baseball gaming fans have largely moved on to the PlayStation 4 and will be waiting for that version of MLB 14: The Show to arrive.
Respondents, of which there were over 3800, heavily favored the technical improvements coming with the new system over features that would appear to have bigger impact including Online Franchise and save migration. 52% chose the PS4′s improved graphics and other aspects such as faster loading times over the rest of the field.
Save migration to future years had a strong showing however pulling in 22%. A clear effort is being made this year to not only have options that make the time investment in games shorter but also providing the ability to carry over progress rather than starting from scratch. The new Quick Counts came in third with 10%. Though that may take out some of the mind games that are so important to baseball there are those who will gladly sacrifice that for the sake of time.
Road to the Show improvements collected 8% and Online Franchise, likely hurt by the series’ struggles with online and the logistical challenges inherent with baseball compared to other sports, was only able to draw 7% of the vote.
Though they may not immediately stand out as the most exciting features of MLB 14: The Show, Quick Counts and Player Lock will provide an opportunity to complete games much faster than playing the traditional way. Baseball has always been hamstrung by the length of games and time investment required – especially for those who want to complete full seasons in Franchise mode. A new video today goes further into detail on the two new features.Â Read more