In January, Major League Baseball Advanced Media announced the return of the famed R.B.I. Baseball franchise in time for this year's season. "R.B.I. Baseball 14 is being developed by MLBAM for multi-platform distribution across current and next generation consoles and smartphones and tablets," said a press release form Major League Baseball two months ago. This game comes on the heels of 2K dropping its baseball franchise completely, leaving MLB: The Show has the only game in town for simulation baseball game ... that is only available for Sony consoles. Microsoft users rejoiced as they had a game that they could play on their systems. Since the joyous announcement, something odd has happened.
MLBAM has said nothing about the game since the January. Not a peep.
For a game that is making its triumphant return to store shelves in a few weeks, the public knows nothing about the game at this point. Will it be simulation or arcade title? Will it feature a career mode? How about the simpler question: will it be a disc or a download-only game? There are so many questions to answer and no one from Major League Baseball is answering any of it. With all the inactivity concerning R.B.I. Baseball 14 (there has not been a tweet on the game's Twitter feed since February 6th), we got a bit of news from ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell on Thursday night.
MLBAM has set its release date for R.B.I. Baseball. PS3 & Xbox 360 hits April 10, same for iOS and Android versions.
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) March 7, 2014
So, we have a game set for release on April 10th, but no mention if the game will be available on the two new consoles, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. We do know that it will be available on Ios and Android devices and that ... oh wait, that's it? Ok, that's cool.
The problem now becomes brand awareness for R.B.I. Baseball 14. Since January, I am pretty safe to assume that almost everyone has forgotten about the game and its release. In the month or so before the game is released, MLBAM will have to start showing the game off to the public to show what the game will be and what we should expect from the game. At least a screenshot would either excite people and/or lower expectations for the game ahead of the April release date. Without any type of news about the game, R.B.I. Baseball is being lost in the shuffle, especially with the buzz for MLB 14: The Show growing on a daily basis.
What are your thoughts about the upcoming return of R.B.I. Baseball? Are you even looking forward to having a second baseball game (or just one for Microsoft console owners)? Let us know in our comments section.