Major League Baseball announced that the much beloved RBI Baseball
franchise will be back again this year with R.B.I. Baseball 15
. Last year was the first year back for the franchise in nearly 20 years. It appealed to the nostalgic side of those, ahem, experienced enough to remember playing the franchise that was originally released on the NES in the 1980's.
Although last year's version was considered a massive disappointment, it did have its moments. This year, MLB promises improvements and claims to have learned from past mistakes by listening to the fans. Some of the changes to the game include stat tracking, online multiplayer and a complete redesign for all 30 MLB stadiums. There are also some additions coming to this year's title that were inexplicably absent last year, such as difficulty settings and full 25 man rosters.
Two videos were released. The first promotes the cover that features Chicago Cub first basemen, Anthony Rizzo. The second is a trailer showing off the upcoming release. Be warned, it is hard not to smile when that classic music plays at the start of the second video.
Make no mistake, RBI Baseball 15
is meant to be an arcade game, not a realistic sim. The graphics clearly reflect that fact. Furthermore, the mechanics of the game will be the same as last year's installment, which MLB furtively refers to as "retro controls".
For baseball fans, there is some hope that this year's game will be better than last year's title. Either way, it is still the only MLB licensed baseball game on Xbox One. RBI Baseball 15
is set for release sometime this spring.