The Xbox One platform is loaded with a variety of sports games. Fans of soccer, football, basketball and even MMA, will find many options to experience their favorite sport in a virtual environment. However, if you search for baseball video games on Xbox One, you will soon hit a dead end. Other sports regularly get online simulations on Xbox One that are nearing perfection. On the other hand, baseball is hardly given any attention. Forget realistic games, even in the minigame segment, there is only a single baseball title to be found on Xbox One platform. This draught of baseball games flies in the face of the sports video game industry, which is worth billions of dollars. However, there could be a ray of hope for baseball fans in the near future. But before we jump into that, let us have a close look at what went wrong in the recent years for this absence of any worthwhile baseball title.
EA MVP Baseball
In the early 2000s, EA used to produce a series of MVP Baseball games for PS2 and Xbox. The last game under the series was published in 2005, which was discontinued in 2007. MVP was a cool game for its time and offered both arcade as well as simulation games. However, in 2005 Major League Baseball struck a deal with Take-Two Interactive, which prohibited EA from producing any more MLB games until 2012. Although EA tried to challenge this by making NCAA college baseball games between 2006 and 07, their sales were disastrous. After that, EA never touched baseball again.
Sega 2K Baseball
MVP was never a realistic experience. It was a simple whacky baseball game. But 2K was meant to be as realistic as possible, and it was. However, the game was fraught with so many bugs and issues that the developers simply couldn’t fix them in time. Any fans 2K had, had long deserted it and by 2013, it appears they had no reason to continue the series. They simply shut their baseball shop after the release of MLB 2K13. The main reason for this could be attributed to the years of success of MLB: The Show.
MLB: The Show
The series debuted with MLB 06: The Show in 2006 and was an instant hit. In light of Sony being the sole player publishing MLB games, they took complete advantage of this by releasing excellent installments to the MLB: The Show series. These games went about achieving simulating excellence with every passing year. Naturally, Sony kept the game confined to Playstation, which resulted in the present draught of games on Xbox One.
R.B.I. Baseball 14
This is what happened when MLB tried to save itself from extinction on Xbox with halfhearted efforts. Let me start by stating this – R.B.I. Baseball 14 is not simulation game. It is an arcade game and even as an arcade game, it fares very badly. The game lacks depth, has poor presentation, has excruciatingly frustrating defense and comes with limited game options. It is a nightmare to play this game. Yet, this is the only baseball game available on Xbox One presently. However, that is set to change very soon.
Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings
Canadian indie developer Metalhead Software has announced that they will be releasing an Xbox One version of their hit game Super Mega Baseball. Super Mega Baseball is a wonderful arcade-style baseball game that features excellent simulation environment. It is fast, gets the physics right most of the times, and has some good statistical breakdowns too. All in all, it is expected to be a treat for baseball lovers who own Xbox One.
The big hole on the Xbox platform has left a lot of room for making money for large game publishers. Although EA has had a rough experience with baseball video games, this gap in the market is too big to be left for the competition. We expect one or the other big publisher to soon make a move. However, till then, there is little hope for fans other than to wait for Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings