Out of the Park Baseball 16, which will for the first time in the series feature MLB.com and MiLB licensing, will release tomorrow for all those that have pre-ordered the game.Â The early access period lasts for the weekend as come Monday it’ll go out wide with its traditional launch.Â Check out the new features and improvements for OOTP 16 here.
It’s still possible to pre-order the game and receive it tomorrow. There is no longer the $5 discount, given to those who pre-ordered prior to mid-February, but the early release can still be had by securing it by the end of the day.
It’s been nearly five years since a console football game last released that didn’t carry with it NFL and NFLPA licensing. Backbreaker in 2010 followed All Pro Football 2K8 from 2007 and neither received a sequel. The last truly successful unlicensed game was Blitz: The League which came out in 2005.Â The limited market, greater development costs, and higher consumer expectations have made projects such as those increasingly difficult to justify and stay alive beyond the conceptual process.
Joe Montana Football 16 though looks to be the next to try it and could learn a lot by assessing what worked in those past attempts and what failed. The image released earlier this week wasÂ seemingly intended to quash the rumblings that the game would include NFL licensing. There’s also Mutant Football League apparently still coming down the line.
Vote in the poll and leave your thoughts in the comments. Will you consider purchasing future unlicensed football games? If yes, what specifically do you need to see from an unlicensed product to buy in? Poll results and analysis will be posted early next week.
In a piece put together for The Sporting News today I broke down the five teams that have benefited the most, and the five that have taken the biggest hit, in terms of how appealing their rosters will be for Madden NFL 16 following trades and the first stage of free agency.
The AFC East, other than the reigning champion Patriots, have really improved their stature for the upcoming game. TheÂ Jets and Bills still don’t have a good quarterback but they do have two options to consider now based on preferred style of play. The Eagles and 49ers have suffered the most this offseason. The former may be fielding the most fragile team in Madden history,Â with the latter suffering from the retirement of significant contributors.
After months of speculation revolving around Joe Montana Football 16, and more recently faulty rumors backed by questionable motivations, an image provided by the game’s namesake on TwitterÂ has seemingly cleared up one of the major questions about the upcoming product: it won’t carry with it any NFL licensing.Â Read more
The “season premiere” of the Press Row Hangout was held live late last night. The episode was intended to clear the deck for the upcoming release of MLB 15: The Show, Out of the Park Baseball 16, and other news to come as the crop of yearly sports games near their respective promotion schedules.
Topics include the significant changes to FIFA 15 Ultimate Team mode, EA Sports teasing the start of promotion for PGA Tour, the upcoming Forza Furious 7, rumors regarding Joe Montana Football 16, thoughts on The Show with just two weeks until release, NBA 2K14 servers being shut down at the end of the month, and what teams have benefited or been hurt the most for Madden NFL 16 by the moves made in the offseason so far.
Watch the show in its entirety here or in the clips broken out by segment. Three are posted here today and some others will go up later in the week. The broadcast, along with more new material, will be presented as the Press Row Podcast on Friday as well.Â Read more
In a case of incredibly unfortunate timing, considering the EA PGA Tour news this morning, at practically the same moment that news broke HB Studios announced that The Golf Club will be getting a retail release on April 28. Actually, we’re left to assume that and find the listings on retail sites, since the press release from the company didn’t specify much of anything about the product including how it will differentiateÂ itself from the digital versions.
The Golf Club Collector’s Edition will be out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on April 28 and at a price of $40 if retail sites are to be believed. The Golf Club originally released on XB1, PS4 and PC last August for $35 but was available only as a digital download. The planned retail release wasÂ discovered in January when GameFly listed it and for the same April 28 date.
The “Collector’s Edition” will include all the feature updates that have been made for the game to-date as well as the “Season Mode” (Career) which is still being worked on and expected to roll out to those who have the game digitally in May. Unlike previous updates that one will not be free to digital owners though a price yet to be determined.