A new year means new annual sequels means a new take-me-out ’em up. Out of the Park Baseball 18 [official site] will slide home on March 24th, Out of the Park Developments have announced, expanding and improving the baseball management sim in the usual annual sportsquel ways. Expect a new Challenge Mode, AI improvements and a redesigned interface along with the usual current team data and the addition of historical ‘Negro league’ teams. We’ve not had a good hard look at OotP Baseball in ages but what Adam liked in 2014 is, as I understand it, still a solid foundation for the series.Look, I’ll spare you my shite patter and simply dump a big blast of press release because hey, it’s an annual sequel to an established series so you mostly know what to expect and what really matters is what’s different this time. Which is:
- 2017 roster sets with all Opening Day MLB rosters, as well as the complete minor league system from Triple-A to rookie leagues as well as the Arizona Fall League. All major league (and over a thousand minor league) player ratings will be based on the popular ZiPS player projection system. The 8 international leagues, as well as independent minor leagues in the US, also return this year with accurate rosters.
- Historical Negro League clubs, thanks to a partnership with OOTP’s acclaimed historical database experts and Seamheads.com. This feature will allow baseball fans to explore the league’s rich history, create compelling what-if scenarios, pit major league clubs against their Negro League counterparts, and much more.
- Improvements to 3D mode, including: Even more ballpark detail; better on-field player models and enhanced on-field decisions; and the ability to save all 3D highlights and watch a highlight reel, whether the game was played out or simulated.
- Custom and real world tournaments for all the teams included in the game. National and international tournaments are a breeze to create, as is the ability to import historical teams.
- Extensive AI improvements, including roster management, trades, and in-game decision-making.
- A redesigned injury system that features detailed injury histories for all players, little nagging and long-term injuries, and more.
- Many more improvements, including:
– A beautiful new interface
– Improved game recaps
– An upgraded player morale/team chemistry system
– Enhanced play-by-play text and league news
– A sophisticated system for team relegation and promotion between leagues
– The ability to retain player salaries in trades
– The incorporation of many 2017 rule changes
– Faster import speeds of historical minor league seasons
– And more to be announced prior to release
Out of the Park Baseball 18 is coming to Windows, Mac, and Linux on March 24th.